Is Rehabilitation Right for You?

CURE, Summer 2012, Volume 11, Issue 2

If you sense that you are still experiencing the effects of cancer treatment, whether it is a physical limitation, cognitive issue or fatigue, you may want to seek a referral to rehabilitation—regardless of how long it has been since treatment.

Any of the following conditions should be explored:

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?Pain

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?Fatigue

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?Deconditioning—the sense that you can’t do what you used to

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?Reduced physical strength

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?Reduced range of motion in the joints

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?Shortness of breath

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?Lack of balance while walking or standing

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?Difficulty swallowing

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?Difficulty chewing

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?Difficulty opening or closing your mouth

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?Lymphedema—swelling

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?Peripheral neuropathy—tingling or loss of sensation in the fingers and toes

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?Inability to perform tasks that could be done prior to diagnosis