Cancer Rehabilitation and Therapy


Most of us are familiar with cancer treatments like radiation therapy and chemotherapy. But did you know that many people with cancer also need physical rehabilitation?

If you’re undergoing (or have finished) cancer treatment, you may benefit from Mercy’s therapy services. We’ll help you overcome pain, fatigue, weakness and other side effects caused by treatment.

What is Cancer Rehabilitation & Therapy?

Cancer can take a toll on your quality of life and your ability to perform normal daily activities. You may need extra help getting through treatment, or getting back on your feet once cancer is behind you.

Mercy’s cancer rehabilitation professionals manage physical and cognitive problems that often affect cancer patients. 

Our team members include:

  • Physical therapists who can help you improve strength, mobility and endurance.
  • Occupational therapists trained to help you function better at home or work.
  • Speech therapists who can address problems with speaking, thinking or swallowing.

Cancer Rehabilitation & Therapy Services at Mercy

Mercy’s rehabilitation program is available to patients with any cancer diagnosis. Our services include:

  • Preventing and managing lymphedema (swelling caused by a build-up of lymph fluid)
  • Managing nerve problems caused by chemotherapy, including numbness, pain or tingling
  • Treating pelvic floor problems, ranging from pelvic pain to bladder or bowel incontinence
  • Addressing problems with balance or dizziness, which can impact walking
  • Treating speech or swallowing problems, often caused by head or neck cancer treatment
  • Performing hands-on therapies to help with the pain. These include massage, joint manipulation, heat packs or cold compresses
  • Assessing and treating cognitive difficulties, such as memory or concentration problems
  • Diagnosing and treating complications of radiation fibrosis syndrome
  • Teaching exercises that improve strength, flexibility and range of motion
  • Recommending medical equipment or assistive devices. These may include wheelchairs, walkers, dressing aids or bathing equipment
  • We also offer spiritual care services to cancer patients of all faiths and world views
  • Managing post-mastectomy pain syndrome

Mercy's rehabilitation professionals help people at every stage of cancer recovery. As we help you regain stamina and improve performance, we’ll also restore your confidence. And before you know it, you’ll be feeling like your old self again.

How Therapy Services Can Help With Cancer Recovery

Taryn Ellis, DPT, CLT

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