Cancer Rehabilitation and Wellness
At many cancer centers, care ends with the last treatment—but at St. Jude Crosson Cancer Institute and St. Jude Medical Center, our unique cancer rehabilitation program offer patients the physical and emotional support they need to regain their quality of life both during and after treatment. Download this month's list of cancer support groups and special programs.
One of the few programs of its kind in the nation, our patients benefit from a multidisciplinary team of oncology rehabilitation experts—including physical therapists, occupational therapists, psychologists, dietitians, recreation therapists, and social workers—allowing us to meet the specific needs of each individual.
We combine evidence-based cancer rehabilitation practices with an innovative list of services to address side effects and symptoms, from incontinence and depression to pain and fatigue. The result is our patients recover their energy, well-being, and quality of life more completely and more quickly.
Our services are covered by most insurance plans; if your insurance doesn’t cover rehabilitation services, we offer financial assistance to make this program available to every cancer patient, from the newly diagnosed to survivors.
We combine evidence-based cancer rehabilitation practices with an innovative list of services to address side effects and symptoms, from incontinence and depression to pain and fatigue. These services include:
- Exercise therapy for weakness, fatigue or decreased balance resulting from chemotherapy, surgery or radiation therapy
- Emotional support to help overcome depression or anxiety, including fear of a cancer reoccurrence
- Speech pathology and swallowing therapy to help regain function after head and neck cancer surgery
- Physical and occupational therapy to increase endurance and build tolerance for resuming daily activities
- Pelvic floor rehabilitation to successfully overcome incontinence, pelvic pain and core muscle weakness, particularly for those treated for prostate, colorectal, urological and gynecological cancers
- Practical support from oncology social workers who can help with issues ranging from state and federal disability to community resources
- Nutrition counseling to help create optimal nutrition during treatment and recovery, as well as help address specific issues such as loss of appetite or weight loss
- Lymphedema assessment and therapy for breast cancer patients
- Vocational rehabilitation to help you regain the skills and endurance needed to return to work or school
- Audiology consults for chemotherapy-related hearing impairment
- Support groups to provide the comradery and encouragement of others walking the same journey
- Spiritual support to help engage faith as a source of comfort and joy