Our providers are trained in the latest oncology rehab care and research-based treatments that have been proven to help cancer survivors heal and function at an optimal level. We work with your care team to provide medical fitness, physical, occupational and speech therapy, as well as assist in facilitating dietician and social service needs.
Reaching Optimal Recovery
Life-saving cancer treatments such as chemotherapy, radiation and surgery can cause side effects that interfere with daily function and well-being. Patients commonly experience symptoms such as fatigue, weakness, insomnia, memory loss, fear, anxiety and depression. Lymphedema can also be a complication of surgery or treatment—or present with an unknown cause—and prevent the lymph vessels to adequately drain natural fluid. This results in a constant state of swelling in the body. Ridgeview offers physical rehabilitation, nutrition and psychosocial support, as well as resources to assist survivors in a quicker and more complete recovery.
Care and Services
We care for all survivors, whether you are beginning treatment, finished with treatment, or experiencing late effects or unresolved issues from prior treatment. Ridgeview's program is open to everyone regardless of the prognosis, cancer stage or phase of recovery. Newly diagnosed patients may want to increase strength and endurance to prevent future medical problems. Survivors living with cancer as a chronic disease may need help managing treatment-related conditions. Individuals who are in remission or cured may enroll in our program with the goal of decreasing pain through activity designed to increase mobility, flexibility and overall well-being.
Cancer-related fatigue is an issue that all cancer survivors share. The difference is that each of us are at a different level of fitness or daily energy prior to our cancer diagnosis. As you begin your cancer treatments, your energy levels may vary. While your capacity for activity may feel low, your body’s response to light physical activity actually helps build your energy back up. Here are a few ideas to work with your energy capacity and improve strength:
- Go for a three- to five-minute walk one to two times per day. Your pace/speed is not important.
- Sit tall in a chair and breathe deep for eight breaths. Be conscious of your best upright sitting posture.
- Find a sturdy chair and do five sit-to-stands from the chair three times per day.
- Lie on the floor and perform 10 snow angels several times per day.