Oncology Rehab and Wellness Blog

Specialized Nutrition: Diabetes and Cancer

By Cheryl Guarna | March 18, 2021

Facing cancer and its subsequent treatment can be unsettling, and the addition of a pre-existing condition can make matters such as nutrition more complicated. We are aware of the difficulties, which is why we want to clarify the position and opportunities patients have when facing cancer on top of a pre-existing condition. Today, we will be focusing on diabetes in particular.

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Cancer Rehab and “Prehabilitation” – Assessment and Prevention

By Cheryl Guarna | February 25, 2021

Here at Oncology Rehab and Wellness, we’re with you on your journey to recovery.  What few may know is that your journey to recovery can start before you begin your cancer treatments.  A growing pool of scientific research and data shows that starting your recovery before you undergo your cancer treatments increases your physical health…

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Helping You Move into Recovery

By Cheryl Guarna | February 17, 2021

Congratulations!  If you are reading this, it’s likely that you have completed or in the process of completing your cancer treatments.  This is a huge accomplishment and now you should be thinking about how to build back your life as you recover from the effects of treatment. The first step of recovery is determining what…

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Why an Annual PT Exam is Right For You

By Cheryl Guarna | January 27, 2021

You visit the doctor and dentist every year as a normal part of taking care of yourself. Why not your physical therapist? Cancer and cancer treatments/surgeries can cause late/long term effects which can affect your function and quality of life.  Identifying issues early and addressing them is important to keeping you functioning at your best. …

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Physical Therapy via Telerehab: How It Can Aid Your Recovery

By Cheryl Guarna | January 20, 2021

At first glance, telerehab and physical therapy do not seem like compatible services. Many people think that visiting in-person is necessary for physical therapy, while telerehab is, by definition, a virtual service. How can a therapy service which is all about the physical body be done over video? However, while some physical therapy services such…

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Holiday Foods for Cancer Patients

By Cheryl Guarna | December 28, 2020

Even though we generally think of holiday foods as unhealthy, there are plenty of healthy holiday foods that you can enjoy without adversely affecting your health — even if you’re in the middle of cancer treatment.

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Taking COVID-19 Precautions with Physical Therapy Cancer Patients

By Cheryl Guarna | December 14, 2020

Keeping our patients safe and healthy has always been and will continue to be our top priority. Since Oncology Rehab and Wellness (ORW) provides an essential service, we have remained open through the shutdown and implemented the proper precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19.  We recognize that our patients are at higher risk of…

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Cancer-Related Deconditioning: A Serious Issue to Consider

By Cheryl Guarna | March 15, 2020

Cancer and cancer treatments, while potentially life saving cause physical and functional complications for cancer patients. Of all cancer treatment complications, one of the most prevalent is cancer-related deconditioning. As defined by Wikipedia: Deconditioning is the adaptation of an organism to a less demanding environment, or, alternatively, the decrease of physiological adaptation to normal conditions. Deconditioning…

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What Can Cancer Rehab Help With?

By Cheryl Guarna | March 8, 2020

Cancer rehabilitation, or physical therapy specialized in the treatment of cancer-related impairments is an available service for cancer patients and survivors that to date remains highly underutilized.  Interventions can help throughout the continuum of cancer care from the time of diagnosis though treatment and into palliative care and can assist patients with living their best…

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Is Cancer Rehab Right For You?

By Cheryl Guarna | February 29, 2020

Many cancer patients and survivors deal with the after-effects of cancer treatment, such as pain and impaired functioning.  Many of these “late effects” can linger even years after cancer treatment has ended.  Nevertheless, few patients receive the needed care to address these issues.  Cancer rehabilitation, or physical therapy specializing in the physical problems related to…

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