FEBRUARY 2011
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Center for Oncology
Rehabilitation Excellence

Special Program Gets Back to Basics

We wake up in the morning and get dressed. Maybe make breakfast. On the weekends, we look forward to playing with our kids or grandkids, or just taking a leisurely stroll in the neighborhood or around the mall. Many of us take these simple, everyday activities for granted. We expect to be able to do all these things with ease — until we find we can’t do them anymore due to illness, injury or just plain getting older.

Often, when patients undergo treatment for cancer, their bodies may be stressed to the point where they lose some of the ability they once had to perform even the most simple of daily tasks. They may lack the energy to perform these tasks, or merely not be able to, due to new physical limitations posed by the type of treatments they may have received.


A new rehabilitation program at Middlesex Hospital now provides services specifically tailored to cancer patients, who may be experiencing these types of challenges.

The highly trained therapists of The Center for Oncology Rehabilitation Excellence (C.O.R.E.) can help patients stay as strong and independent as possible during cancer treatment. The program can also help patients return to their prior level of activity once treatment is over.

The C.O.R.E. team includes an oncologist, oncology nurses, a survivorship specialist, staff from the Cancer Center and physical, occupational and speech therapists.

The program’s goal is to ensure that every cancer patient has access to rehabilitation services in inpatient, outpatient and homecare settings and to maximize all aspects of recovery. Patients receive individualized evaluations and plans of care addressing their specific needs, whether it is fatigue, peripheral neuropathy (nerve damage to extremities that reduces feeling in feet or hands), lymphedema (swelling in extremities, usually the arms, most often experienced by breast cancer patients) or lung function.

Treatment can be customized to address the needs of patients with different types of cancer, including, breast, lung, head and neck, prostate and colorectal. In addition, treatment can be provided for cancer-related fatigue, increasing strength, range of motion and assistance with return to daily activities.

In essence, the C.O.R.E. program helps cancer patients stay as strong and active during their treatment as possible and helps them regain and renew their physical abilities as soon as possible after treatment, so they can reconnect with the important activities in their daily lives that may seem little, but mean so much.

The C.O.R.E. program is available in three local, convenient offices:

Middletown
(860) 358-2700

Marlborough
(860) 295-8836

Essex
(860) 358-3970

For more information about Rehabilitation and Hand Services at Middlesex Hospital, visit physical-medicine-and-rehabilitation/specialties on our website.

The information contained within is not meant to substitute for the advice of your physician.