Cancer rehabilitation services from Northern Westchester Hospital provide patients with specialized care and support in the recovery process after cancer treatment. These rehabilitation therapies provide care for patients struggling with some of the most commonly associated complications of both cancer and cancer treatments. This includes appropriate care for lymphedema and non-healing wounds, two side effects from cancer and cancer treatments.
The Northern Westchester Hospital team offers comprehensive support through a complete lymphedema program, wound care program, and a state-of-the-art hyperbaric oxygen therapy program.
Lymphedema Therapy and Treatment
Lymphedema is a type of swelling that generally impacts a person's legs or arms. It is most commonly caused by removal or damage from the lymph nodes. In many cancer treatments, the lymph nodes may be removed as a primary step in treating cancer. When lymph nodes are removed, a blockage of the lymphatic system occurs. This immune system response leads to the buildup of lymph fluid because it is unable to drain properly. As the fluid builds up, swelling occurs.
There is no cure for this condition, but there are treatment options available to patients to reduce symptoms and improve quality of life. At Northern Westchester Hospital, a comprehensive, multi-disciplinary rehab approach is available to provide care customized to each cancer patient's' needs. This is done at an onsite lymphedema physical therapist that is LANA (Lymphology Association of North America) certified. Individuals receive personalized treatment for their condition.
A key treatment option for lymphedema is exercise through a specialized cancer rehabilitation program. It is very important a skilled physical therapist provides this type of exercise regimen after cancer treatment. Patients who obtain this type of care often report numerous benefits from the program including:
- Less pain
- Better range of motion
- Improved energy
- Increased endurance and strength
- Improved overall quality of life and confidence
Wound Care and Treatment
A second common side effect of cancer and cancer treatment is difficulty with wounds. Cancer rehabilitation in this area can be very effective. Wound healing may be compromised because of the impact medications have on the body. Individuals who are struggling with healing often need specialized care to improve their body's natural ability to heal wounds. Wounds left open and untreated, especially for long periods of time, pose an infection risk to the patient.
At Northern Westchester Hospital, the team works to provide patients with improved abilities to heal. This is done at the onsite Wound Care clinic. This specialized care offers support and guidance to patients specifically struggling with non-healing wounds. The treatment options for wound care are customized to fit the individual's needs. However, they often include the use of a state-of-the-art hyperbaric oxygen therapy program, often called HBOT. This type of treatment improves oxygen flow through the body and directly to the wound resulting in the patient’s ability to heal faster. It is a natural, non-invasive technology that has been shown to provide numerous benefits to patients.
Getting Support and Care for Cancer Rehabilitation
Individuals struggling with difficulties often find benefit in working with specialized providers of cancer rehabilitation. At Northern Westchester Hospital, wound care and hyperbaric medicine can offer solutions.
Contact us for more information, or to schedule an appointment: 914-458-8700, or request an appointment online.