New Cancer Rehab Program Debuts
Wednesday, October 30, 2002
A new program offered by Georgetown Hospital System and HealthPoint will help local cancer patients cope with symptoms of their disease.
The Cancer Rehabilitation Program at HealthPoint is designed to help cancer patients regain independence, improve the quality of their life and build a support system. Cancer patients have very specific rehabilitation needs often associated with treatment-related fatigue and other issues.
During the 12-week program, which requires physician referral, patients are evaluated to assess cardiopulmonary capacity, overall endurance, balance, posture and areas of residual pain. Exercise physiologists and cancer wellness specialists will also assess body composition, exercise goals, areas of concentration and identification of contraindications to specific exercise stations, routines and progressions.
Other members of the Cancer Rehabilitation Team include dieticians, social workers and physicians. Educational components of the program will focus on helping patients to promote health and well-being, preventative measures to decrease risk of disease and lifestyle changes and lifestyle changes and exercise prescription to promote immuno-enhancement and possible remission.
There is a $126 fee for the 12-week program. Information about the Cancer Rehabilitation Program is available by contacting HealthPoint at 237-2205.