Physical Therapy for Cancer Survivors

Our specialized cancer rehab program treats the unique needs of adult cancer survivors before, during and after cancer treatment.  We help cancer survivors recover by rebuilding quality of life and restoring maximal function.  

Cancer rehabilitation can help at any point during the continuum of cancer care -  before initial treatment begins through survivorship and palliative care.


Cancer rehabilitation can help cancer patients effectively recover from the effects of chemotherapy, radiation or surgery.  While cancer treatments are a necessity, they often leave patients with physical or functional impairments that affect quality of life and the ability to return to work or doing the things they enjoy.  Cancer rehab can help patients recover more fully.


Cancer rehabilitation can help patients rebuild strength, improve function, maximize independence and even reduce cancer-related fatigue.


Cancer rehabilitation outcomes demonstrate that it is possible to restore maximal function and quality of life after cancer treatment or surgery.

Our Patient Outcomes Demonstrate Results

Improvement in Function

Data updated 9/16/20

Improvement in Cancer-Related Fatigue

Data updated 9/16/20

Improvement in Quality of Life

Data updated 9/16/20

Reduction in Pain

Data updated 9/16/20

Some of Our Specialized Services

Cancer Recovery Program

Through our Cancer Recovery Program, we provide safe, effective exercise programs to help cancer survivors maintain or re-build strength, cardiovascular fitness/endurance and decrease fatigue levels to enable them to tolerate treatments better - and to return to life after cancer treatment.

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Cancer prehabilitation involves interventions designed to reduce cancer treatment complications and improve physical health. Our Prehab protocols have been successful in assisting cancer patients more successfully navigate chemotherapy and radiation treatments as well as aiding patients in preparing for the rigors of cancer surgery.

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Breast Cancer Rehab

Breast cancer and its treatments can affect many aspects of life during and after treatment and can cause impairments that affect daily function and quality of life. We take a proactive approach to ensure the best recovery possible.

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Lymphedema Therapy

Our Certified Lymphedema Therapist (CLT) provides Complete Decongestive Therapy for the treatment of lymphedema.  We treat lymphedema related to cancer treatments (radiation, surgery) to include upper extremity, lower extremity, head and neck, trunk and breast.

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Nutrition Services

Our Registered Oncology Dietitian provides individualized nutrition assessments and counseling to aid cancer patients in tolerating treatments, recovering better and living better.

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What Our Patients Are Saying

"I am so thankful for Oncology Rehab and Wellness - they helped me after chemotherapy to regain my strength so I could get back to doing the things that I love.  I am thankful for chemotherapy, but I am also thankful to these therapists who helped me get back my life".  Susan F.  Ashburn, VA

"Cheryl and her team helped me get my shoulder mobility back, reduce my post-surgical pain and enable me to return to swimming and spending time with my family.  I am truly thankful."  Jenn S.  Reston, VA

Cheryl was amazing.  I was so nervous each visit that I wasn't making any progress because I felt like I was struggling through the exercises.  Apparently struggling means progress because 6 weeks after I started I was back to where I was before surgery.  I felt supported and listened to.  Becca H.  Reston, VA

Dealing with a cancer diagnosis was one thing, but dealing with the aftermath of treatment left me feeling like there was no way I would ever get back to doing the things I loved.  Was I ever wrong!  Oncology Rehab and Wellness got me back to doing everything that I was doing - and loved to do - before cancer.  Grateful for having found these caring, knowledgeable therapists.  Jane T.  Herndon, VA

Before completing physical therapy at Oncology Rehab and Wellness I thought that my new normal after cancer treatment was going to be a challenge.  After going through the Cancer Recovery Program I am now back to running, lifting and skiing.  I am thankful that I found Cheryl and her team.  Jon S.  Purcellville, VA

Breast cancer surgery left me with pain, difficulty doing things at home and weakness that I couldn't overcome.  I found Oncology Rehab and Wellness thanks to my oncologist.  After completing the Breast Cancer Recovery Program I am back to enjoying life and I am as independent as I ever was.  So thankful.  Betty G.  Lovettsville, VA

My diagnosis of lung cancer at 52 was daunting.  The treatment for my cancer was challenging.  It left me very weak and I never thought I would get back to cycling again.  8 weeks after starting physical therapy at Oncology Rehab and Wellness I am back to training and cycling again.  I couldn't be happier.  Thank you!  Sarah K.  Great Falls, VA

Radiation for metastatic breast cancer left me with a lot of scar tissue that had become painful and limiting to my life.  My oncologist referred me to Oncology Rehab and Wellness and they helped me reduce the pain and I am no longer limited because of my treatment.  Grateful to this team of therapists.  Jenn G.  Sterling, VA

Ready to find out more?

Clinicians at Oncology Rehab and Wellness are trained and experienced in recognizing the unique physical challenges and side effects resulting from cancer surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy. We use a collaborative approach, working with you, your physicians and other healthcare professionals to address your special needs at this time in your life.

Talk with your oncologist about making Oncology Rehab and Wellness Resources part of your cancer care team!


Our Services

We offer many specialized physical therapy and wellness services for cancer patients before, during and after treatment or surgery.  We believe in treating the whole patient for optimal outcomes.

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About Us

Oncology Rehab and Wellness Resources prides itself in being the first oncology-specific and privately owned cancer rehabilitation clinic for adults in Northern Virginia and the DC Metro region. We work closely with your physicians, nurses and other members of your healthcare team.

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New Patient Resources

We provide all of the information you may need to make your first experience with us seamless.We value you as a new potential patient and we will do all that we can to make your experience a positive one.

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Our Cancer Rehabilitation Program

Our specialized program is designed to assist cancer survivors in achieving and maintaining as much functional mobility, strength and endurance as possible during and after cancer treatment. It is our goal to help you achieve the best quality of life possible.

Our outpatient cancer rehab clinic is the only one of its kind in the D.C. metro area and is provided by physical therapists with specialized training in oncology, exercise prescription for cancer patients and advanced certification as Certified Lymphedema Therapists (CLT).

We work with all cancer patients at any point in the cancer continuum.  Your plan is specifically designed to meet your individual needs and each session is modified based on your medical or physical status on that day.  All precautions are taken to ensure your exercise program is safe for you at your point in treatment or recovery.  We ensure your pain or other functional problems are addressed.

Services we offer to help you:

  • Therapeutic exercise, strengthening, stretching and home exercise programs
  • Adaptive equipment assessment and training
  • Gait and transfer assessment and training
  • Balance and mobility assessment and training
  • Patient education: safety with exercise, recommended activity levels during or after treatment, energy conservation and cancer related fatigue management
  • Edema management
  • Scar tissue management
  • Musculoskeletal pain,  joint pain management
  • Joint mobility management
  • Self care education
  • Energy conservation training

More and more people are surviving cancer - or living with cancer and as a result physical activity recommendations for cancer patients are evolving.  It is advised that cancer patients remain as active as possible during cancer treatment.  It is also recommended that most cancer patients participate in post-treatment physical therapy for optimal outcomes.  Cancer rehab can restore maximal function and improve quality of life.  Make cancer rehab a part of your cancer recovery today!

I want to help people through their journey. My goal is to improve the lives of those with cancer, one survivor at a time. Rehabilitation makes cancer patients and survivors stronger and able to better tolerate the often debilitating effects of cancer treatments and addresses the impairments that often occur. It empowers survivors to take back some control and live the best life they can before, during and after cancer treatment.

~ Founder and Owner Cheryl Guarna, PT, MPT, CLT

Proud members of the following organizations:

apta amercian physical therapy association

National Lymphedema Network