Cancer rehabilitation focuses on improving the lives and function of cancer patients and cancer survivors who suffer from side effects and limiting conditions caused by cancer and its treatments.
The Cancer Rehabilitation Program at Lee Health provides comprehensive and coordinated outpatient rehabilitation from a multi-disciplinary team of cancer-certified clinicians.
Cancer rehabilitation is available at 11 Lee Health outpatient rehabilitation clinics.
Our staff members include:
- Cancer rehabilitation navigator
- Physical therapists
- Occupational therapists
- Speech-language pathologists
- Lymphedema therapists
- Oncology dietitian
- Exercise physiologists
We use the most current and effective rehabilitation therapies to improve daily function and quality of life for all cancer patients and survivors.
Comprehensive individual therapies address a wide variety of cancer treatment-related conditions and symptoms including but not limited to:
- Increased tiredness/cancer related fatigue (CRF)
- Numbness/tingling in hands and feet: Chemo-induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN)
- Joint stiffness/range of motion limitations
- Scar tissue tightness/adhesions/fibrosis
- Postural instability
- Walking and balance problems
- Memory and concentration issues (Chemo-brain)
- Swallowing and speech challenges
- Decreased bladder and bowel function
If you are a cancer patient or survivor and experience any of these problems, especially if they interfere with your ability to function or your quality of life, you are a candidate for the Cancer Rehabilitation Program at Lee Health.
Most cancer rehabilitation services are reimbursed by health insurance providers. Be sure to check with your insurance plan for specific rehabilitation benefits.
To access the Cancer Rehabilitation Program at Lee Health, you can call 239-343-9595 to make a free appointment with the Cancer Rehabilitation Navigator or ask your oncologist or physician for a referral to the Cancer Rehabilitation Program with a signed order for a specific discipline evaluation for physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, and/or lymphedema therapy and fax to the number above.
Every referral to the Cancer Rehabilitation Program includes a free rehabilitation navigation interview either in person or by phone. This appointment identifies rehabilitation needs, referrals to other services including a dietitian, palliative care for pain and symptom management, the Healthy Life Center, and provision of resources for support groups, counseling, yoga, massage, acupuncture, and smoking cessation.
For more information please email Denise Pfeiffer, rehabilitation program navigator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.