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Phone:(404) 236-8030
Fax:(404) 236-8051

Northside Hospital-Atlanta Outpatient Rehabilitation
993D Johnson Ferry Road, Suite 250
Atlanta, GA 30342
Phone: (404) 236-8034


Northside Hospital-Forsyth
1400 Northside Forsyth Drive, Suite 170
Cumming, GA 30041
Phone: (770) 844-3650


Oncology Rehabilitation Services

What is Oncology Rehabilitation?

Oncology rehabilitation is much like other forms of rehabilitation that happen after a serious illness or injury, such as a stroke or car accident. Cancer and cancer treatments sometimes cause problems such as pain, fatigue, or may limit your ability to do routine activities. Northside Hospital is a member of the nationally recognized STAR Program® network of certified cancer rehabilitation programs. The focus of our program is improving the lives of survivors.

Our certified STAR Program offers coordinated oncology rehabilitation care that is supported by a team of specially trained healthcare professionals. Our team includes physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech-language pathologists and audiologists. As our patient, you will receive a rehabilitation treatment plan designed to address your individual needs.

Physical and Occupational Therapy

Physical and occupational therapy supports patients and caregivers in improving their physical and functional independence. Through your individual therapy plan, one-on-one services may focus on treatments to regain strength, endurance, flexibility, and functional skills prior to, during, and after cancer treatment. Additional treatment may address balance deficits, pain, fatigue limitations, energy conservation and activities of daily living. Studies show that exercise can provide benefits such as decreased fatigue, decreased anxiety, improved immune function, reduced risk of complications and enhanced quality of life.

Specialty rehabilitation services are provided at various Northside Hospital locations for the treatment of lymphedema, pelvic health and wound care conditions.

Lymphedema Therapy

Lymphedema is swelling of lymphatic fluid between the tissue cells. It most commonly occurs in the arm(s) and/or leg(s) but can occur in the trunk, head, or neck. It can develop when lymphatic vessels are damaged, impaired or missing, or when lymph nodes have been removed. Northside Hospital has physical and occupational therapists that are specially certified in the treatment of lymphedema.

Pelvic Health

Our pelvic health therapists specialize in evaluating and treating women and men with pelvic floor dysfunction. Your individualized care plan will focus on concerns such as incontinence, pelvic pain and sexual dysfunction. Our therapists are specially trained to offer hands-on manual therapy, scar tissue management, exercises, biofeedback, electrical stimulation, and other treatment interventions along with instruction for personalized home programs to facilitate optimal healing and function.

Wound Care

Northside Hospital physical therapists have the clinical expertise to help manage and treat open wounds; such has radiation burns, ulcers/lesions, surgical sites that have opened and sores from prolonged bed rest. We will work to facilitate wound healing through a variety of wound dressings and interventions to clean the wound and stimulate healthy tissue growth. Your progress and treatment plan is always communicated to your referring physician.

Speech Therapy

Communication, memory/concentration and swallowing all play important roles in our lives. Cancer and cancer treatments can affect these abilities. Speech Language Pathologists assess, treat and help to prevent disorders related to speech, language, concentration, and swallowing. Modified Barium Swallow (MBS) studies are also offered in conjunction with the Northside Hospital Radiology Department.

Audiology

Hearing function and the systems that support our balance may be affected by the medications used in oncology treatments. These medications may damage the inner ear, resulting in hearing loss, ringing in the ear, or cause balance disorders. Sometimes problems are temporary, but some medications result in more permanent problems. Northside Hospital Audiologists are available to evaluate hearing to determine if amplification devices are needed.

Overview of areas Oncology Rehabilitation can assist:

  • Assessment of current functional level
  • Muscle imbalance and core weakness
  • Balance restoration
  • Aerobic assessment and conditioning
  • Cardiovascular program to enhance tolerance for daily activities
  • Walking aid training
  • Improve independence with dressing, bathing, and household management
  • Energy conservation
  • Lymphedema management
  • Wound healing
  • Scar tissue management
  • Pain management
  • Improve overall quality of life
  • Swallowing conditions
  • Problems with memory and concentration
  • Communication issues
  • Voice disorders
  • Hearing loss
  • Ringing in the ears (tinnitus) 

Therapy services are provided for people with all types of cancer. We promote research based practice and are dedicated to providing individualized care to each patient.

If you have any problems that you didn’t have before your diagnosis, especially if it interferes with your ability to do the things that you need or want to do, oncology rehabilitation can likely help you.

Please discuss your concerns with your physician. Oncology Rehabilitation requires a physician referral. If you have a referral or questions about therapy, call our Centralized Scheduling department at (404) 236-8030.

Learn about other Rehabilitation Services at Northside Hospital.

 

Northside Hospital - Atlanta

1000 Johnson Ferry Road NE
Atlanta, GA 30342
(404) 851-8000

Northside Hospital - Cherokee

201 Hospital Road
Canton, GA 30114
(770) 720-5100

Northside Hospital - Forsyth

1200 Northside Forsyth Drive
Cumming, GA 30041
(770) 844-3200


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