Rehabilitation and Wellness Program

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The Cancer Rehabilitation and Wellness Program is offered by Virginia Mason's Cancer Rehabilitation Services and is specifically designed for people who are recovering from the experience of cancer. Services include:

  • Physiatry (physicians who specialize in physical medicine and rehabilitation)
    • Management of medical issues, including medication and pain
  • Physical therapy
    • Cardiopulmonary training
    • Strength and flexibility training
    • Establishing a lifetime workout routine and transitioning it to the community
    • Lymphedema treatment
  • Occupational therapy
    • Analysis of work tasks and necessary modifications
    • Energy conservation and pacing techniques
    • Body mechanics
    • Return to vocational or avocational activities
    • Rehabilitation psychology
    • Counseling to help with adjusting life after cancer
    • Help with anxiety and depression
    • Assistance with developing coping skills
    • Help with cognitive changes
  • Speech language pathology
    • Speech and swallowing concerns
  • Massage therapy
  • Acupuncture
  • Naturopathic medicine

The program usually involves rehabilitation appointments two to three times a week for approximately six weeks. Patients can expect to achieve a level of cardiovascular endurance, strength and flexibility to participate in:

  • An established workout routine
  • Activities of daily living
  • Return to work or an avocation

Patients can also expect to gain skills and resources to address:

  • Anxiety
  • Coping 
  • Self-image changes
  • Pain

Getting Started
The first step is to schedule an assessment appointment with the Cancer Rehabilitation and Wellness Program evaluation team, including a physiatrist, physical therapist and occupational therapist. The evaluation team works together to develop and individualized course of treatment. Your oncologist, survivorship provider or other care provider can help with this referral. For more information, please call (206) 223-6746.