Cancer Rehabilitation Medicine

Cancer Rehabilitation Medicine

Living Well During and After Treatment for Cancer

Hearing the word “cancer” can abruptly stop a person’s life.

It’s not unusual for a cancer patient to feel helpless and discouraged because they can no longer as easily participate in everyday activities. While cancer may not cause sick feelings, treatment often does. Side effects such as tiredness, weakness and pain contribute to decreased physical functioning and increased emotional distress both during and after treatment.

To help people have a better quality of life before, during, and after treatment, the Swedish Cancer Institute has created a groundbreaking Cancer Rehabilitation Medicine Program. Our cancer rehabilitation specialists help our patients:

  • Learn how to minimize fatigue, pain and emotional distress
  • Engage as fully as possible in everyday life
  • Better tolerate the rigors of treatment
  • Enhance their well-being and quality of life while living with cancer

Cancer is only a small part of who a person is. We all have trillions and trillions of healthy cells! These healthy cells are helping our patients get through the challenges of cancer and its treatment every day. You can help them too, by making a donation to Swedish Cancer Rehabilitation Medicine.

At the same time that your surgeon, medical oncologist and radiation oncologist focus on your cancer, your cancer rehabilitation physician is focused on helping you:

  • Learn how to minimize fatigue, pain and emotional distress
  • Engage as fully as possible in everyday life
  • Better tolerate the rigors of treatment
  • Enhance your well-being and quality of life while living with cancer

Being treated for cancer is similar to running a marathon—it takes stamina and training. You may be surprised to learn that the same training principles that apply to an athlete also apply to cancer patients. By learning to increase your physical, emotional and mental fitness with a personalized cancer rehabilitation plan, you gain realistic control in what may seem to be an uncontrollable situation.

Swedish Cancer Rehabilitation Medicine is part of the Swedish Cancer Institute’s Patient Education and Integrated Care programs. We appreciate your support of these innovative efforts to improve our patients’ lives.

 

To find out how you can support this important work, please contact:

Samantha Cook
Philanthropy Officer
206-215-2922
[email protected]