Cancer Rehabilitation Medicine
Living Well Before, During and After Treatment for Cancer
Hearing the word “cancer” can unexpectedly disrupt a person’s life.
It’s not unusual for a person to feel helpless and discouraged because their life has abruptly changed direction. Cancer and its treatment can cause tiredness, weakness, pain and sick feelings making it hard to do things. Side effects and the resulting decreased activity ability can also cause emotional distress.
The Swedish Cancer Institute has created a groundbreaking Cancer Rehabilitation Medicine Program to empower people to engage as fully as possible in everyday life before, during, and after treatment. 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:
- Prepare for the challenges of treatment before you start with ‘Prehabilitation’
- Learn how to minimize fatigue, pain, and emotional distress
- Better tolerate the rigors of treatment
- Learn how to maintain and build strength & stamina
- Enhance your well-being and quality of life before, during and after treatment.
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 and to people living without cancer 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.
Cancer is only a small part of who a person is. We each 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.
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.