Cancer Rehabilitation Program (C.O.R.E.)
Relieve your pain. Restore your function. Take back your life!
For many cancer patients, the side effects of treatment be as challenging as fighting the disease itself. Our specially trained therapists in the Center for Oncology Rehabilitation Excellence Program (C.O.R.E.) located in the Physical Rehabilitation Center work closely as a team to help patients better manage side effects, decrease fatigue and improve their ability to handle daily tasks with less pain.
How can our cancer rehabilitation program help you?
Cancer and cancer treatments sometimes can cause you pain, make you feel tired and keep you from doing the things that you need or want to do. Our comprehensive cancer rehabilitation further enhances the way we care for our cancer survivors and their recovery. The program is designed to help survivors stay as strong and independent as possible during treatment and help them return to the activities they enjoy. Our program providers include physical, occupational and speech therapists – all working together with the health care team to create a plan specific to meet individual needs.
Below are the answers to some frequently asked questions that will help you learn more about cancer rehabilitation and how it may help you cope with your cancer and/or cancer treatment(s).
What is cancer rehabilitation?
Cancer rehabilitation is much like other forms of rehabilitation that is needed after a serious illness or injury such as a stroke or car accident. Medical services may include appointments with and treatments recommended by medical professionals, including physiatrists (doctors who specialize in rehabilitation medicine); nurses; physical, occupational and/or speech therapists; and mental health professionals.
What types of issues can be treated with cancer rehabilitation?
Rehabilitation professionals can help you cope with a wide variety of cancer and/or treatment-related conditions and their symptoms. These might include, but are not limited to: pain, weakness, tiredness (fatigue), shoulder problems, balance and walking (gait) problems, memory and concentration issues, swallowing and speech problems, swelling (lymphedema), as well as anxiety and/or depression.
Will your insurance cover cancer rehabilitation?
If the cancer rehabilitation care is provided by professionals with health care degrees and licenses in rehabilitation medicine then medical insurance should cover some or all of the costs. Be sure to talk with your insurance and your nurse navigator. If insurance does not cover it, there may be financial assistance available.
Want to make an appointment or need more information?
Call the Middlesex Hospital Physical Rehabilitation Center at 860-358-2700 or visit one of our convenient Locations.
A provider referral is usually needed before therapies can begin.