Helping Cancer Patients Recover From Treatment

Huntsman Cancer Institute Rehabilitation Services staff help patients before, during, and after their cancer treatment. Services include the following:

  • Occupational therapy
  • Physical therapy
  • Speech and language therapy

Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapy (OT) helps cancer patients with daily activities so they can be as independent as possible. This improves their quality of life.

OT can help cancer patients with these and other things:

  • Basic self-care
  • Exercise and strength
  • Fatigue and sleep problems
  • Memory and concentration
  • Relaxation
  • Self-confidence
  • Stress and coping

Physical Therapy

Our physical therapists work with cancer patients to design personal exercise plans. The goal is improving physical function, safety, and well-being.

Physical therapy helps patients with problems that cancer and cancer treatment can cause, including the following:

  • Balance
  • Walking and movement
  • Loss of strength
  • Decreased range of motion
  • Peripheral neuropathy
  • Neurological issues

Physical therapists can assess the patient’s need for an assistive device such as a cane or walker. They can also help with home safety tips to avoid falls and other injury.

Speech & Language Therapy

Some cancer treatments change the way patients swallow or speak. Our speech-language pathologists create personal care plans, including the following services:

  • Swallowing studies and treatments
  • Language and comprehension studies and treatments
  • Counseling before and after treatment
  • Training about the use of devices to help patients communicate