Cancer Rehabilitation

The Swedish Cancer Institute, in collaboration with Swedish Outpatient Rehabilitation Services, offers a wide range of cancer rehabilitation services.

What Is Cancer Rehabilitation?

Cancer rehabilitation integrates medical management of cancer treatment-related side effects and a variety of exercise therapies. Research demonstrates that well designed exercise programs improve psychological and physical health for people living with cancer.

Benefits of Cancer Rehabilitation

Cancer rehabilitation reduces common side effects of cancer and its treatment, including fatigue, weakness, poor endurance, pain, nausea, anxiety, depression and loss of confidence. Exercise increases strength and endurance, restores confidence, and is an important part of rehabilitation. Cancer rehabilitation helps you return to the highest level of function and independence possible while improving physical, emotional and social well-being.

Read more about the benefits of cancer rehabilitation.

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Listen to Cancer-Related Fatigue

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  Occupational therapist Ashleigh Blankenship explains home safety and provides easy tips to make your home safer when recovering from cancer.
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  Doctor of physical therapy Laura Bouma talks about survivorship and cancer rehabilitation.
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  Doctor of physical therapy Laura Bouma explains what energy conservation is and how it can help people with cancer.

Cancer Rehabilitation Services

Living Well While Living With Cancer (PDF)

Rehabilitation specialists and staff offer you:

  • Evaluation and medical management of cancer treatment-related side effects and pre-existing barriers to everyday activity.
  • An evaluation of your cardiovascular fitness, muscle strength, flexibility and activity goals. We use this information to develop a customized exercise program for you.
  • Physical and occupational therapy that helps address specific physical challenges resulting from cancer and its treatment. Examples include lymphedema, loss of motion, and skin tightness after surgery or radiation treatment.
  • Education and counseling about the medical facts of your cancer, how they undermine well-being and how you can relate to them in a way that is healing and reduces the impact they have on your life.
  • Enhanced energy, decreased fatigue, improved activity capacity and a sense of well-being while living with cancer.
  • For patients who have completed treatment and do not have complex rehabilitation issues requiring management by a cancer rehabilitation physician, we offer a stand-alone, physical therapist-directed exercise program.

Appointments & Referrals

Contact the location most convenient for you.

Cancer Rehabilitation Referral Form (PDF)