According to rehabilitation medicine expert Michael Stubblefield of Memorial Sloan-Kettering, adjusting to life after cancer can mean coping with physical and cognitive problems that make it difficult to perform everyday activities. Cancer and treatments such as surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy can cause pain and have an impact on range of motion, strength, balance, and coordination. Some treatments can also affect memory and attention.
Memorial Sloan-Kettering’s team of cancer rehabilitation specialists – including rehabilitation medicine specialists (physiatrists), lymphedema specialists, physical therapists, and occupational therapists — work together to develop an individualized treatment plan to restore physical and mental function, reduce pain, and improve quality of life for survivors.
Rehabilitation therapy often begins during a patient’s stay at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and may continue in the hospital’s outpatient Sillerman Rehabilitation Center and at home.