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The Role of Lymphedema Therapists in Cancer Care

In our continuing highlight of specific therapists and services and their roles in cancer rehabilitation, this month we discuss the role of Certified Lymphedema Therapists in the treatment of patients with cancer. What is lymphedema? The lymphatic system plays a critical role in the maintenance of fluid balance in the body. It absorbs the fluid…

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Cancer Rehab Assessments Minimize Complications After Treatments

Throughout a person’s cancer experience, it is critical to maintain the things in life that are important to you – energy, activity level, relationships. In fact, research shows that an active lifestyle that includes exercise can actually enhance your body’s recovery and contribute to a better quality of life during and after cancer treatment. Life…

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Exercising Safely After Breast Cancer Treatment: How to Get Started

I’m not usually one who says things like, “it takes a special person to do so and so,” but breast cancer survivors are special people. I’ve found that working with survivors challenges me and makes me want to go to work every day! We all know that exercise is good for us. We all know…

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Creating Better Systems for Cancer Rehab Care Coordination

The more I talk to cancer survivors and hear their stories, the more I believe the it is imperative we put in place guidelines for increasing cancer rehab referrals and improving care coordination. Survivors tell me that it is a huge burden to attend the multitude of appointment and tests associated with cancer treatment. Adding…

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Occupational Therapy for Individuals Living With Cancer

Since we started our blog in March of 2014, we have discussed the role of Physical Therapy (PT) in helping those with cancer recover more fully and improve their quality of life. We are now looking forward to expanding our discussions into the role of other therapies and interventions in cancer recovery, the first of…

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Cancer Rehab is Not One Size Fits All

In the past few weeks, I’ve talked about cancer rehab in general, various cancer certifications to look for, and I provided some tools to help you find qualified cancer rehab and fitness professionals. This is all important, if pragmatic, information. But now I want to share the more personal issues surrounding my decision to open…

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Physical Therapy On the Cancer Journey – A Personal Perspective

By Cheryl Guarna, PT, CLT, STAR/C – Owner of Oncology Rehab and Wellness Resources The emotional impact of a cancer diagnosis is something that most cancer survivors will never forget. To add to that impact, the treatments used to treat the cancer can cause a multitude of complications that can affect a survivor’s life, some…

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Exercise Abates Physical Decline During Breast Cancer Tx

from ONCOLOGY/HEMATOLOGY 05.05.2015 A supervised, moderate to high-intensity exercise program in breast cancer patients helped stave off expected declines in fitness and function during adjuvant chemotherapy and improved treatment tolerance, according to randomized trial results. Patients enrolled in two exercise programs, Onco-Move and OnTrack, saw less decline in cardiorespiratory fitness (P<0.001), better physical functioning (P<0.001), less…

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Celebrating One Year of Blogging About Cancer Rehab!

Celebrating One Year of Blogging About Cancer Rehab! By Cheryl Guarna, PT, MPT, CLT, STAR/C March 2015 marks one year of our blog! The past 12 months have been an exciting time for our practice as well as for the advancement of awareness of physical therapy services available to cancer patients and survivors.    As…

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PALS-Trained Professionals in Northern Virginia

Oncology Rehab and Wellness Resources is the only clinic in the region with PALS-trained professionals. Read on to learn about this groundbreaking breast cancer exercise training program and the clinical trial that started it all.  Breast-cancer survivors are at risk of developing a condition called lymphedema, which causes swelling of the arm or other areas…

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