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Physical and Occupational Rehabilitation

Physical and Occupational Rehabilitation for cancer patients is offered both on an inpatient and outpatient basis. The primary goal of physical therapy and occupational therapy is to improve a patient’s functional capabilities. All referred patients receive a detailed assessment by a therapist followed by an individualized treatment plan that incorporates the goals of patient and family. Close communication is maintained with referring physicians throughout the course of care. Education on staying active during and after cancer therapy also is available. For more information, call (631) 444-2620.

Outpatient Lymphedema Therapy Program: Staffed by specially trained physical therapists that incorporate the principles of complete decongestive therapy (CDT) to reduce the swelling associated with lymphedema and to improve limb and overall function. The majority of patients in this program have breast cancer-related lymphedema; other patients have gynecologic, melanoma, or varied cancer etiologies.

Speech-Language Pathologists: These specialists work with patients to evaluate and treat swallowing, feeding, speech, language, and voice impairments.

Therapeutic Yoga: Offered on an outpatient basis through the Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation. The yoga program is supervised and coordinated by a physical therapist who is a certified yoga instructor. It is open to patients with cancer, as well as family and friends. Call (631) 444-4240.