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Cancer Rehabilitation Services

Cancer treatment can take a toll on the body and the spirit. As part of its commitment to caring for the whole person, Lancaster General Health offers a full range of oncology rehabilitation services designed to help patients with cancer before, during and after treatment. The focus of our program is to maximize quality of life from cancer diagnosis to cancer survivorship.

We address a full range of cancer-related conditions

Depending on the need, rehabilitation services could include patient education before treatment, restoring function after surgery, conditioning and energy conservation during treatment, or cardiovascular training and strengthening after treatment. For example:

  • Mobility problems due to weakness, loss of motion or fatigue
  • Difficulty performing activities of daily living (ADL), such as bathing and dressing
  • Poor balance from nerve damage or other conditions related to cancer
  • Lymphedema
  • Fatigue/loss of energy
  • Gait training after amputation
  • Difficulty swallowing or speaking

Comprehensive therapies for oncology patients

Therapy is tailored to the patient’s need, based on type of cancer, stage and location. LG Health nurse navigators and social work case managers can help coordinate rehabilitation services from a multi-disciplinary team. We offer rehabilitation services in the hospital, at several outpatient centers.  We also offer in-home services through Affilia Home Health.

Our rehabilitative services include:

Therapy services at the Ann B. Barshinger Cancer Institute

For convenience, we offer several therapy services for patients of the Ann B. Barshinger Cancer Institute. These include:

  • Pre-surgical breast cancer consultations for lymphedema risk reduction, baseline measurements and post-surgical exercises
  • Breast cancer rehabilitation after surgery or reconstruction
  • Lymphedema management
  • Shoulder/neck therapy after surgery for head/neck cancer
  • Therapy for cancer-related fatigue

CaRE program for cancer survivors

LG Health also partners with the Lampeter-Strasburg and Lancaster YMCAs to offer CaRE, or Cancer Rehab and Exercise, a medically based exercise program for patients who have completed cancer treatment or patients with metastatic cancer whose chemotherapy treatment will continue indefinitely. Offered three times a year, CaRE connects participants with a personal trainer at a local YMCA. The program also includes classes at the Cancer Institute on:

  • Coping and stress reduction
  • Nutrition
  • Spirituality

Services available by physician referral

A physician referral is required for therapy services, including the physical therapy evaluation for the CaRE program. For more information, call 1-888-LGH-INFO (544-4636).

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