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Piedmont Oncology

Support Services

Cancer Rehabilitation

Our specially trained cancer rehabilitation therapists provide individualized consultation and treatment, addressing limitations and concerns that develop from cancer and cancer treatment.  Our goal is to help reduce these troubling side-effects and help you have the best quality of life possible.

You may benefit from a referral to oncology rehabilitation if you have any of the following:

  • Pain from your surgery
  • Numbness or tingling making walking or using your hands difficult
  • Have had lymph nodes removed
  • Fatigue and weakness that alters your normal activities
  • Difficulty with:
    • eating, swallowing
    • speaking and communication
    • going or getting to the bathroom
    • sexual function
    • bathing, dressing, cooking, cleaning
    • shopping, driving, working

Our rehab team of physical, occupational and speech language therapists are trained in treating patients with all types of cancers, in all phases of treatment, whether you are newly diagnosed or finished with your treatment.

Breast Cancer Rehabilitation

Our Breast Cancer Rehabilitation program is designed with the individual in mind. During the initial evaluation we will discuss your pain, limitations, restrictions and goals. We will discuss your individual risk factors for lymphedema and provide education. We will establish a treatment program to address pain, tightness and scar tissue that may be limiting your mobility. Our goal is to help you return to the exercise and activities you enjoyed before your diagnosis without restrictions or fear.

Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation

Some of the side effects of cancer and treatment for bladder, gynecological, prostate and colorectal cancers treated by Pelvic Floor therapists are:

  • Urinary incontinence, frequency and urgency address issues
  • Fecal incontinence or constipation
  • Pelvic pain, spasm or tightness from radiation

Physical Therapy

After treatment, it is not unusual to lose your ability to do the things you want to and need to do.   Physical therapists address a wide range of issues including pain, numbness, tingling, weakness, tightness and scar tissue.  Therapists address walking and balance issues, improving your ability to lift, carry and bend.

Speech Therapy

Our team of Speech Language Pathologists address difficulties often caused by cancers of the head, neck and brain by providing diagnostic evaluation and treatment of speech and swallowing disorders.

They have special expertise in speech and swallowing rehabilitation for treatment for oral cavity and pharyngeal cancers as well as rehabilitation of cognitive communication disorders.

Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapists focus on function.  They will help you to better take care of yourself, addressing your ability to feed, bathe and dress yourself, as well as perform daily household chores and care for others.  Issues with shopping, driving and working are addressed. Therapists may recommend special adaptive equipment to help you be more independent.

Lymphedema Program

Lymphedema is caused by a dysfunction of the lymphatic system which may have been disrupted in the treatment of cancer. Surgical removal of lymph nodes and radiation are high risk factors along with repeated infections in developing lymphedema.  Treatment for lymphedema consists of education, manual lymph drainage, skin care, compression and exercise.

Compression Therapy

Cancer patients who are at risk for lymphedema may benefit from wearing compression garments. We offer both custom and ready to wear garments fit by experienced fitters.

Get More Information

For questions about our cancer rehab program:

  • Piedmont Athens Regional: 706-475-3511
  • Piedmont Atlanta Hospital: 404-605-2991
  • Piedmont Fayette Hospital: 770-719-7290
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