Cancer Rehabilitation

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Cancer and its treatments can cause debilitating side effects, and patients fighting this disease are often referred for physical therapy to aid in the battle. Research has shown that physical therapy during cancer treatments, including chemotherapy, can help speed functional recovery, boost immune system response, reduce fatigue and lower the risk of complications in people of all ages.

Spectrum’s Cancer Rehabilitation Program consists of:

  • Exercise Assessment
    • Establish baseline data for the proper development of individualized exercise prescription
    • Reassess data to determine the effectiveness of exercise intervention
  • Exercise Prescription
    • Develop the appropriate exercise program to decrease fatigue and increase energy levels
    • Monitor oxygen saturation and heart rate before/after every exercise to determine intensity, frequency, duration, mode and progression
  • Exercise Intervention
    • Individualized exercise to fit your needs
    • Trained cancer exercise specialists
    • Whole-body workout as tolerated: Cardiovascular, pulmonary, strength, endurance, flexibility, range of motion, balance

Benefits of Cancer Rehabilitation

  • Decrease fatigue
  • Improve independence and quality of life
  • Increase strength and endurance
  • Improve range of motion, balance and flexibility
  • Decrease pain
  • Reduce nerve discomfort

Spectrum Rehabilitation and the Gerstel Cancer Foundation teamed up with the late Dr. Carole Schneider, co-founder of the Rocky Mountain Cancer Rehabilitation Institute, to offer the only one-on-one outpatient cancer program in Colorado Springs. Recognized as one of the best cancer rehabilitation programs in the country, Spectrum addresses fatigue and weakness, as well as unique orthopedic challenges that sometimes accompany cancer treatment.

Resources for Information on Cancer Rehabilitation

  • Memorial Health System Rehabilitation Services, 719 365-5642
  • Penrose-St. Francis Outpatient Rehabilitation, 719 776-5200
  • Rocky Mountain Cancer Rehabilitation Institute at the University of Northern Colorado, 970 351-1876,

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