The Cancer Rehabilitation/Lymphedema Program at Florida Hospital
Following a cancer related surgery, patients often experience increased swelling, soreness, scar tissue, and a decreased range of motion of the affected area. Rehabilitation can be used to aid in any or all of these problems. The Florida Hospital offers an extensive cancer rehabilitation/lymphedema program to assist in your recovery that includes:
- Prevention and reduction of swelling
- Improving the use of the affected extremity
- Therapeutic massage and exercise
- Lymphedema education and treatment
- Pain reduction and control
- Scar tissue reduction
- Home exercise program
- Community resource information
Florida Hospital offers personalized exercise programs tailored to your needs.
Exercise is beneficial for your recovery. Surviving a cancer diagnosis and subsequent treatment is a challenging journey. You are probably concerned about how to maintain or improve your quality of life during this process. One of the best ways to gain strength, fight fatigue and maximize your long-term health is to exercise. Evidence has shown that exercise is not only safe for patients undergoing cancer treatment, but also prevents the physical decline associated with these treatments and decreases anxiety. At Florida Hospital Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation, we’ve developed a dedicated therapy and medical fitness program to assist patients going through chemotherapy or radiation treatment. Our specially trained therapists personalize an exercise program tailored to your needs, taking into consideration your prior fitness level, type of cancer and type of cancer treatment you are receiving. As a patient, you’ll undergo a pre-exercise evaluation including screening for lymphedema, as well as assessment of your current fitness level. Throughout the program, your fatigue and blood values are also monitored with the help of your physician to ensure your physical therapy.
Facts and Questions
1. I am so tired. I don’t think I can exercise.
Cancer-related fatigue has been shown to lessen by 40 to 50 percent in patients who exercise than those who do not.
2. I have experienced loss of muscle mass. How will I have the strength to exercise?
Exercise has been shown to not only protect skeletal muscle, but to also preserve muscular strength during ongoing treatments.
3. Will exercise affect my blood values (red and white blood cells)?
Exercise has been shown to help stabilize your blood values and help prevent decline.
4. I am suffering from balance issues. How can exercise help?
Exercise has been shown to improve balance and decrease the risk of falls.
5. I am stressed and have anxiety and depression since being diagnosed with cancer.
Strength training not only helps to reduce stress, but also has been proven to decrease anxiety during treatment and improves your overall quality of life.
Request an Appointment
Cancer Care Coordinators can be reached by email or phone, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. EST. To schedule an appointment with a Care Coordinator, call (407) 303-1700 or click here to fill out an online assistance form.Your free call will be answered by a specially trained oncology health care professional and remain confidential. No insurance authorization or referral is necessary. If calling after hours, please leave a detailed message, and you will be contacted within one business day.