Cancer inpatient rehabilitation is a program for people that are currently undergoing cancer treatment, or those that have finished treatment, to help improve quality of daily living. As a person with cancer, you may have physical, emotional, or vocational issues because of your disease. If so, cancer inpatient rehabilitation can benefit you.
The diagnosis of cancer has likely caused you and your family members emotional stress, and fear of the cancer reoccurring after treatment. You may have stress dealing with the day-to-day physical problems you may have.
Your family members may have a fear of losing you, or be concerned about the suffering you may have to endure. In some cases, the stress for family members can be as bad as the stress of the cancer patient. Children are the most vulnerable to this stress. They may act out aggressively, or start doing poorly in school.
Inpatient rehabilitation facilities have psychologists or counselors who can help both you and your family members deal with the stress, and help you get through this difficult time. Because you are an inpatient, you may have daily or weekly sessions with the counselor as an ongoing treatment program.
There are many issues you may have due to your cancer, and they can be improved by having physical therapy. Some of these issues include:
- Balance problems
- Decreased bone density
- Decreased muscle strength
- Difficulty walking
- Loss of normal function
The inpatient facility likely has physical therapists that are specially trained to deal with cancer patients. During this treatment, the therapist can help you deal with the issues listed above.
Your physical therapy program may include a structured exercise program, using aerobic equipment, hands on therapy, using resistive bands, free weights, and weight machines. The therapist will likely give you instructions for home exercises you need to do when you leave the rehabilitation facility.
If your cancer treatment is over, you may be ready to get back out into the workforce again. The inpatient rehabilitation facility may offer vocational counseling to help you. This is especially beneficial if you are unable to return to your previous employment due to physical demands of the job.
They will help you write a good resume, and assist you with finding a job in your field. If you were in college and had to quit due to cancer, the facility can help you enroll in college. They can help you with financial aid and applying for scholarships.
The facility will help you with your interviewing skills if it has been a while since you have interviewed for a job.
Talk with your doctor, who can help you find cancer inpatient rehabilitation facilities right for your needs.