Comprehensive Approach to Oncology Rehabilitation
One of the most important aspects of the cancer journey is achieving the fullest possible recovery once cancer treatment is complete. Recovery means not only having control over the disease and reversing the adverse side effects caused by treatment, but also achieving a level of health and vitality to improve and extend life. The Torrance Memorial Oncology Rehabilitation program team of Occupational, Physical and Speech Therapists assess patients, and plan individualized programs and personalized coaching to achieve physical, functional and social recovery.
Cancer Rehabilitation Program Services
Specialized services provided by physical, occupational and speech therapists, help oncology patients with:
- Mobility, flexibility and strength
- Scar adhesions and restrictions
- Depleted functional capacity and energy conservation issues
- Sensory loss, neuropathy related pain
- Compromised activities of daily living in the home and in the community, including work ergonomic issues
- Adaptive devices, equipment, braces and splints
- Safety, balance and coordination
- Seating problems
- Swallowing and speech
The Lymphedema Management Program at Torrance Memorial helps patients prevent and control lymphedema. Treatment depends on the severity and extent of the condition. Skilled therapists emphasize self-care and education in helping patients successfully manage lymphedema and lead normal, active lives.
Whenever the normal drainage pattern in the lymph nodes is disturbed or damaged (often as a result of surgery or injury), swelling of the arms or legs may occur. Radiation and chemotherapy may also cause limb swelling. This abnormal collection of too much fluid is called lymphedema. Some people may experience severe swelling (edema) – with the affected limb being several inches larger than the other. Others may experience a milder form – with the affected limb being slightly larger than the other limb. While there is no cure, effective treatment can keep lymphedema under control.
All evaluations and treatments are performed per a physician’s order. Most insurance carriers require pre-authorization for outpatient evaluation.
For more information about the Lymphedema Management Program, call 310-517-4735.
The Torrance Memorial certified lymphedema therapists are offering free monthly lymphedema screenings during 2014.Flyer.