»Print   »Share   »Bookmark

 

Care Team

Cancer rehabilitation 

Patients with cancer know that while aggressive treatment can effectively attack cancer, it can take a toll on the body, causing fatigue, pain and physical problems. Maintaining energy and an active lifestyle throughout the healing journey is key to enhancing recovery during and after cancer treatment.

Rehabilitation and how it helps patients

ProHealth Care's cancer rehabilitation services team provides therapy that helps reduce the effects of cancer and treatment, and improves quality of life. Services are available on an outpatient basis and include:

  • Physical therapy to help patients maintain mobility, reduce pain, restore function, reduce fatigue and prevent disability.

  • Occupational therapy to improve the function of joints and muscles. When needed, therapists provide strategies to help patients learn how to modify their environment or tasks, and obtain skills necessary to perform daily activities.

  • Lymphedema treatment for swelling in limbs or other body parts.

  • Speech therapy to help with problems swallowing or communicating.

  • Myofascial release and scar tissue mobilization to ease muscle tightness or shortness, which often prevents normal movement and causes pain. Common areas of focus include the neck, chest, back, shoulder blades, jaw and soft tissue areas.

  • Pelvic floor therapy for bowel or bladder incontinence, and other related problems.

  • Exercise, especially progressive resistance and balance training. 

Studies have shown that activity is beneficial, safe and effective for patients with cancer. Our goal is to help patients increase energy and strength, cope with stress, regain mobility, and get back to regular home, work and recreational activities.

How to make an appointment

Contact your physician for a referral. A physician's prescription is required before a rehabilitation evaluation can be scheduled. Patients should contact their health insurance provider for coverage details.

Cancer rehabilitation locations
 

HARTLAND
ProHealth Medical Group
1500 Walnut Ridge Drive
262-928-7356
        OCONOMOWOC
Musculoskeletal Institute
at ProHealth Care Oconomowoc Physician Center
1185 Corporate Center Drive, Ste. 250
262-569-6306
         
MUKWONAGO
ProHealth Medical Group
at D. N. Greenwald Center
240 W. Maple Ave.
262-928-1916
      PEWAUKEE
UW Cancer Center at ProHealth Care
N16 W24131 Riverwood Drive
262-696-0765
         
NEW BERLIN
ProHealth Medical Group
13900 W. National Ave., Ste. 200
262-928-4569
      PEWAUKEE
ProHealth West Wood Health & Fitness Center
2900 Golf Road, Ste. 300
262-928-7220
         
MUSKEGO
ProHealth Medical Group
S69 W15636 Janesville Road
262-928-7060
      WAUKESHA
ProHealth Waukesha Memorial Hospital
725 American Ave.
262-928-2445

 

 

Patient Testimonials

Susan's fight against cancer and the rehab team she trusted for support

Susan Sieger of Waukesha was diagnosed with Stage 4 breast cancer in February 2012. Her course of treatment included a mastectomy with partial removal of her lymph nodes. Not long after her surgery she became aware of a hard knot located straight down from her sternum.

 “There was a cord that led to a knot below my ribs. The cord was hard, like a pencil. I went to my oncologist concerned there was another tumor. It turned out to be lymphatic cording.”

Lymphatic cording is a rope-like structure that is thought to be caused by hardened lymph vessels. It can be painful and restrict mobility. At the recommendation of her doctor, ProHealth medical oncologist Dr. Christopher Hake, Susan turned to ProHealth’s cancer rehabilitation team for help treating it.

“I had seen my therapist Colleen before, after my initial surgery, to help with tissue manipulation. When I came back to her, she not only helped with the cord running from my sternum, but she helped with six more cords running from my chest to my arm. Some of them were stubborn to get rid of, but Colleen is great at working them.”

According to Susan, “working them” required a lot of massage and stretching exercises. The importance of exercise was further emphasized to Sue by Dr. Hake.

“I had been a physically active person. I was in good physical shape. People would look at me and say ‘You’re a really healthy person with cancer.’ But my breast cancer had metastasized to my bones. The one thing my oncologist said repeatedly is ‘You need to exercise. You need to keep your bones strong. As you’re healing, they’re going to be weak and may break.’ That was about the time I found the Beat Cancer Boot Camp.”

Beat Cancer Boot Camp focuses on conditioning the mind and body to help anyone who is battling cancer build strength and stamina to overcome challenges that may lie ahead in life. The program is offered at ProHealth West Wood Health & Fitness Center. Led by two of ProHealth’s physical therapists, the program is a great extension of prescribed physical therapy.

“When I first went to boot camp, I was very limited in what I could do. But I was going because I thought it was important to be there for the support of the group. Now it’s become a support group as much as an exercise group.”

With its connections to Beat Cancer Boot Camp, ProHealth’s Cancer Rehabilitation Services has proven to be a worthy ally in the fight against the effects of cancer. The support offered by the staff and others in therapy certainly doesn’t allow anyone to feel as though they are going through the experience alone.    

“I’m one of these people who thinks I can do it all on my own. When rehab was suggested, I wasn’t sure I needed it. But I was more than willing to go because I was willing to do anything that might help me. But honestly, it was more than just physical therapy. There was a real connection, a real caring and it became a source of emotional and spiritual support as well.

“I encourage anyone who has any form of cancer to come to ProHealth for rehab. I think you'll feel better. It isn’t just good for you physically; it’s good for you mentally as well.”

Massage Therapy

State-certified massage therapists offer both therapeutic and relaxation massage to address specific health and wellness needs. Benefits that massage therapy can offer cancer patients include:

  • Pain relief

  • Stress relief

  • Stimulation of blood circulation and lymph flow

  • Lowered blood pressure

  • Relaxed muscles

  • Improved flexibility and range of motion

  • Deeper and easier breathing

  • Strengthening of the immune system

If you have a medical condition and are unsure whether massage therapy is appropriate for you, discuss your concerns with your health care provider. Our massage therapists will consult with you to develop a therapeutic massage plan based on your medical condition, needs and goals. You may need to schedule several appointments to achieve your desired outcome.

Contact your health insurance provider for coverage details by your insurance plan. Learn more about pricing and locations. To schedule an appointment, call 262-569-6306.