FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some frequently asked questions about our cancer prehab, rehab and speciality services. If you don't find your answer here, use the button at the bottom of the page to contact us.

Am I a candidate for oncology rehab or prehab?

If you have any physical problems that you did not have prior to your diagnosis, particularly if they interfere with your ability to function or your quality of life, you are a candidate for oncology rehabilitation. If you believe you might have some conditions which will affect you during treatments, then prehab is right for you.

What types of cancer diagnoses do you treat?

Our clinicians are highly trained to treat a wide range of cancer diagnoses, including but not limited to breast cancer, lung cancer, prostate cancer, spine and brain tumors, bladder cancer, colon cancer, ovarian cancer, sarcoma, melanoma, leukemia and lymphoma. We also have a Certified Lymphedema Therapist to treat cancer-related lymphedema.

Is oncology rehab effective?

Yes, it is. Not only does regular exercise enhance overall health and well being, research now shows that cancer rehab and exercise can be effective for reducing fatigue associated with cancer and cancer treatments, decreasing depression and anxiety, improving quality of life, and even in reducing the risk of cancer recurrence.

Is exercise safe for cancer patients?

Yes exercise is safe for cancer patients. But, because of the possible complications and need for medical supervision, it is highly recommended that you begin your exercise program with a trained oncology rehabilitation therapist to ensure your safety.  Our exercise programs are safe and effective for most cancer patients.   We will communicate with your oncology team before implementing any program to ensure it is safe for you.  We medically monitor your sessions and your therapist works closely with you for the entire session.

How do you help with symptom and side effect management?

Oncology Rehab and Wellness physical therapists understand the symptoms and side effects that are related to cancer treatment such as fatigue, decreased range of motion, loss of balance, decreased strength and endurance, loss of muscle mass, numbness & tingling/neuropathy, pain and more. Our customized plans focus on minimizing your symptoms,  restoring your function and improving your quality of life.

How can you help me identify and reach my personal goals?

Every patient at Oncology Rehab and Wellness receives a comprehensive assessment by a Physical Therapist.  During your assessment we will be able to identify your past capabilities, your current ability level and most importantly, what your personal goals are.  Our staff will create a customized plan of care that help you reach those goals

What if I am immunocompromised from my treatment?

Many of our patients are immunocompromised from cancer treatment.  We take every precaution to ensure your safety while at our clinic.  We provide masks for your use if desired.  Additionally, your chart will be flagged as needing special precautions and we sanitize all equipment and exercise surfaces before your use.  Our clinic is not overly crowed, thus minimizing your risk for exposure.  During flu season, we post requests that any patient that is not well be seen at the front desk to determine if they will put other patients at risk for infection.  Because of our patient populations' risks, we also ask that you reschedule your appointment if you are not feeling well/are contagious.

What should I wear for my appointment?

Your first visit will include a comprehensive assessment and may include initiation of exercises/treatment. It is best to wear comfortable/loose fitting clothing or work out clothes/shoes.

Will my insurance cover your services?

Most major insurance providers are accepted by Oncology Wellness and Rehab. They cover most of our services. You can see the list of providers and get more information on covered services on the Insurance and Billing page

What do I need to do to obtain your services?

In order to receive an evaluation by one of our therapists, all you need to do is contact us.  *Our therapists are Direct Access Certified thus no MD referral is needed for the evaluation.  We then contact your oncologist to discuss your plan of care prior to implementing any interventions to ensure your program is acceptable to them.

Other methods accepted by our practice include:

  1. Obtain a referral for Physical Therapy at your next appointment with your physician. You will then need to call us at (703) 789-0367 to arrange an appointment.
  2. Request that your doctor’s office fax us a referral to: (703) 870-3668. We will contact you to arrange your first visit.
  3. Direct your doctor’s office to our website for referral forms if desired.

*Some insurances require an initial order for your therapy services.  This may sometimes be from your primary care provider.  We suggest that you contact your insurance to determine if a preauthorization order is required.