Cancer and cancer treatments sometimes cause problems. They can cause you
pain, make you feel tired and keep you from doing the things that you
need or want to do. Cancer rehabilitation can help. Our goal is to reduce
these troubling effects and help you have the best quality of life possible.
Below are the answers to some frequently asked questions that will help
you learn more about cancer rehabilitation and how it might help you cope
with your cancer and/or cancer treatment(s).
1. What is cancer rehabilitation?
Cancer rehabilitation is much like other forms of rehabilitation that happen
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.
2. What types of problems 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.
3. How will I know if cancer rehabilitation can help me?
If you have any problems that you didn’t have before your diagnosis,
especially if they interfere with your ability to do the things that you
need or want to do, cancer rehabilitation can likely help you.
4. Will my insurance cover cancer rehabilitation?
If the cancer rehabilitation care is provided by professionals with healthcare
degrees and licenses in rehabilitation medicine then medical insurance
should cover some or all of the costs. These covered items usually include
appointments with and treatments recommended by physiatrists, physical
therapists, occupational therapists and even speech therapists. Other
services that your insurance will usually cover, at least in part, include
those provided by nurses and mental health professionals. As with all
insurance issues, check with your carrier about deductibles, co-pays and limits.
5. What is special about this cancer rehabilitation program?
This program is part of the STAR Program network of certified cancer rehabilitation
programs. STAR Program Certified is a nationally recognized cancer survivorship
accreditation that means that the program is focused on improving the
lives of survivors who suffer from the side-effects caused by cancer and
its treatments. Certified STAR Programs offer coordinated cancer rehabilitation
care that is supported by a team of specially trained medical professionals.
As a STAR Program patient, you will receive complete and individualized
cancer rehabilitation treatment that has been designed to improve the
issues affecting your daily life.
6. How can I receive more information about
Kingsbrook Rehabilitation Institute STAR Program?
For appointments and/or additional information, call Kingsbrook Rehabilitation
Institute at 718-604-5341. A provider referral is usually needed before
therapies can begin.