Cancer Rehabilitation Services

Cancer Rehabilitation Services

Life-saving cancer treatment can affect energy, emotions, activity levels and so much more. Cancer rehabilitation helps patients combat fatigue, pain, weakness and limited mobility and reclaim a more active lifestyle.

Tailored Exercise Plans

Lutheran Hospital's cancer rehabilitation program, the first of its kind in the area, is part of a comprehensive survivorship program for cancer patients. Once a patient is referred, therapists specially trained in cancer rehab develop a tailored, medically based exercise plan to meet the unique needs of each patient. Plans are designed to improve energy, strength and endurance and can benefit patients at any stage of treatment or recovery.

Positive Impact

Cancer rehab can have a positive impact on patients before, during or after cancer treatment. Studies show that cancer rehab patients have fewer side effects, more energy, better preservation of normal daily activity and a more positive mental outlook.

Key benefits may include:

  • Decreased:
    • anxiety, stress and depression
    • pain
    • fatigue
    • muscle wasting
    • risk of heart disease
    • dependency on others
  • Improved:
    • physical function
    • quality of life
    • self-esteem
    • tolerance of chemotherapy medications
    • immune system
    • social interactions

Call Lutheran Hospital's outpatient rehabilitation at (260) 435-6143 for additional information. A physician referral is required.


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