Oncology Rehabilitation

The goal of Burke’s Oncology Rehabilitation Program is to help you manage the pain and complications associated with your cancer treatments and improve your quality of life on your recovery journey. This program is designed to treat patients who are suffering from the symptoms, conditions and side effects associated with radiation therapy or chemotherapy treatment. Burke’s team of skilled physicians will work to make those complications manageable and help you return to the highest possible level of function and comfort during and after your cancer treatment.

Diagnoses

A patient who is currently being treated for or has completed treatment for cancer is dealing with symptoms and conditions aside from those associated with the cancer itself. Burke physicians are specially trained in evaluating and treating patients that suffer from the following conditions associated with oncologic treatment:

Lymphedema: Lymphedema is the accumulation of lymphatic fluid that causes swelling in the body's tissues. It's most often found in the arms or legs, but can also affect the face, neck, trunk, genitalia and abdomen. There is no cure for lymphedema, but early intervention and management enable most patients to lead normal lives. Burke's expert physicians, in collaboration with our certified lymphatic therapists, develop and implement specialty treatment and therapy programs to help to manage the pain and complications.

Deconditioning chronic fatigue/weakness: Cancer treatments can be taxing on the body and patients can suffer from a feeling of being "run down," making it difficult to participate in their daily routine. Burke experts can help minimize this feeling and enable patients to engage in their usual activities as much as possible. 

Muscle pain/joint pain: Oncologic treatment can cause a wide variety of body pains, including those stemming from muscles and joints. Burke's team of experts can help get these symptoms under control through the specialty services and treatments offered in the outpatient Oncology Rehabilitation Program.

Gait and balance issues: Either as a direct result of cancer, or as a secondary response to treatment, gait and balance deficits are common for patients. Regardless of the cause, Burke specialists can aid in improvement and recovery, thereby improving safety and independence.

Services and Treatments

Burke's Onology Rehabilitation Program includes services specifically designed to manage the pain and complications associated with the side effects and conditions associated with cancer treatments. Burke's expert physicians will deliver these services and treatments to alleviate the symptoms you are experiencing and improve your ability to participate in daily life activities:

Acupuncture: Patients can find relief from chronic pain with acupuncture. This traditional Chinese medicine healing technique is available by licensed acupuncturists at Burke. Acupuncture is known to reduce pain in some patients. Acupoints (specific anatomic sites on the body) are stimulated with the insertion of a fine needle into the skin. Based on some research, acupuncture may have positive effects on the body’s nervous, endocrine, immune, cardiovascular and digestive systems, and is now covered by many insurance policies.

Lymphedema management: The successful management of lymphedema can be life altering. Burke specialists will help to design a comprehensive and individualized treatment plan to decrease lymphedema, utilizing techniques such as manual massage and drainage, the use of compressions dressings and wraps, as well as utilization of pneumatic garments if indicated.

Generalized conditioning program: Conditioning and strengthening programs can be implemented for individuals at any stage of life and with any medical condition. Patients with cancer, including those who may be undergoing treatment, often require a specialized program to help them regain strength and endurance so that they can return to the level of independence and function. Working closely with Burke's therapy team, our physicians will work with you to attain your goals.

Neuromuscular re-education, balance and gait training: The after effects of cancer or its treatment can be detrimental to the nervous system. Our trained experts will guide you through a program of rehabilitation aimed at re-training injured nerves and muscles with the ultimate goal of improving strength, function and safety.

Located in White Plains, Burke Rehabilitation Hospital's Outpatient Physician Practice serves patients from Westchester County, NYC, Northern New Jersey, and Connecticut.

For more information, call (914) 597-2332.

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