Betty Bloomer Ford Cancer Rehabilitation Program at Mary Free Bed
Cancer patients have been receiving rehabilitation at Mary Free Bed for years. We know first-hand how valuable rehabilitation is for survivors as they work to regain function, independence and hope. Our experts provide support to patients and their families as they move forward in their cancer journey.
Specialty caregivers from multiple disciplines – including physicians, nurses, physical and occupational therapists, speech-language pathologists, recreational therapists, dietitians, social workers, and mental health professionals – work with patients individually as they create customized rehabilitation plans to increase strength and energy, alleviate pain, improve daily function and maximize quality of life.
What to Expect
As the ranks of cancer survivors grow, the need for specialized cancer rehabilitation increases. The goals of the Betty Bloomer Ford Cancer Rehabilitation Program at Mary Free Bed are to:
Help patients regain and maintain cognitive, emotional, and physical function.
Improve quality of life and independence.
Provide assistance and education to patients and caregivers.
Cancer Rehabilitation Services
Prevention Oncology Rehabilitation
Focuses on reducing the severity of the effect of a disability when the disability can be predicted. For example, physical therapists work pre-operatively with breast cancer patients to teach them lymphedema prevention and management techniques before they undergo mastectomy and axillary dissection.
Focuses on restoring patients to their former level of function when impairment is not expected to be permanent. For example, occupational therapists help breast cancer patients become more functional in self-care activities and more independent carrying out their daily activities.
Focuses on maximizing function when a permanent impairment exists. For example, orthotics and prosthetics are used for patients who have surgical amputations as part of their cancer treatment. Physical and occupational therapy is also necessary to assist these patients with muscle strengthening, gait training, and self-care.
Additional components of supportive rehabilitation include social work as well as neuropsychology evaluations and counseling.
Focuses on providing care that reduces complications that may develop as cancer progresses. Palliative rehabilitation also provides supportive care for the patient and family during this phase of the advancing cancer. For example, occupational and physical therapists as well as speech-language pathologists work with lung cancer patients to help with bed mobility and positioning, swallowing, prevention of contractures, and adaptive equipment to assist with eating and self-care. Additional palliative rehabilitation clinicians include dietitians and nutritionists.
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Outpatient: 616.242.0366 or 800.668.6001