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Cancer Rehabilitation

Rehabilitation therapies can help patients who are undergoing treatment for cancer recover from surgery and manage the pain, fatigue and other effects of treatment. Physical therapy at NHRMC Outpatient Rehabilitation focuses on safe mobility, strength and endurance, and pain and scar management. Occupational therapy addresses safety and energy conservation for self care and activities of daily living. Speech therapy focuses on swallowing, communication disorders and cognitive skills retraining.

 Help for Patients Undergoing Cancer Treatment

  • Post-operative rehabilitation and education
  • Safe return to activities of daily living, work and recreation
  • Exercise during and after chemotherapy and radiation
  • Decongestive lymphedema therapy (available at Oleander Rehabilitation)
  • Musculoskeletal treatment
  • Manual therapy to achieve shoulder range for "radiation position" post-breast cancer surgery
  • Swallowing treatment post-mouth or throat cancer in an effort to improve the strength and coordination of swallowing muscles

Conditions Addressed Through Cancer Rehabilitation Treatment 

  • Pain
  • Lymphedema (Swelling)
  • Decreased range of motion
  • Decreased strength
  • Soft tissue tightness
  • Risk for infection
  • Fatigue
  • Postural changes
  • Loss of balance and risk of falls
  • Loss of normal function

Goals for Cancer Rehabilitation

  • Reduce swelling as a result of lymphedema
  • Maximize and maintain range of motion
  • Maximize tissue mobility
  • Minimize fatigue
  • Maximize functional activity and safety
  • Minimize long-term impact of musculoskeletal dysfunction
  • Provide home exercise program
  • Promote patient's active role in recovery
  • Education in self-management of lymphedema


Oleander Rehabilitation map
5220 Oleander Dr.
Wilmington, NC 28403

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2131 S. 17th Street, Wilmington, NC 28401  |  910.343.7000