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The Hall-Perrine Cancer Center offers specialized occupational therapists that work with patients to increase their independence with activities of daily living such as dressing, bathing, household tasks and returning to work. Specialized services also include treatment for hand neuropathies resulting from chemotherapy.
Our oncology breast cancer specialist provides support to patients with their pre- and post-treatment needs. Additional services include garment and prosthetics fittings from our certified mastectomy fitter.
Lymphedema (swelling of the arm) and Axillary Web Syndrome (sometimes referred to as “cording”) is a common side effect for patients who have undergone breast mastectomy or lumpectomy procedures. Our certified lymphedema occupational therapist works with patients to reduce or minimize risk factors and discomfort, while improving range of motion. Learn more about lymphedema management services.
A diagnosis of cancer can be an overwhelming time, and the path ahead may contain surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, and medications. Mercy Physical Therapy is here to help you through these treatments. Our specially trained physical therapists understand the relationship between treatments, subsequent side effects, lab values, surgical interventions, and appropriate activity and exercise levels for patients undergoing cancer treatment. We specialize in interventions for neuropathy pain and weakened muscles; these interventions align with the progression of treatment and help aid survivorship to allow a return to full function.
Our specially trained physical therapists understand the relationship between the treatments, subsequent side effects, lab results, surgical interventions, and appropriate activity and exercise levels. Our knowledge base allows us to provide specialized interventions for neuropathy and weakness that align with the progression of treatment – and into survivorship – to allow return to full function.
The physical therapist will assess your strength, balance, walking stability, stamina, sensation, vestibular system and overall function with activities of daily living. They will then develop a treatment plan based on your oncology treatment plan and the results of the evaluation, and monitor this plan through the survivorship phase of your cancer journey.
Physical therapy can provide:
The physical therapy plan of care is a collaborative effort between you and your physical therapist, based on your goals and the results of the evaluation. Generally, during the course of treatment, this frequency may vary from one time every other week to once or twice a week. Treatments will be planned around the best times based on your chemotherapy, radiation or surgery.
A physician referral is required. The appointment is then made through Mercy Central Scheduling by calling (319) 861-7778.
Benefits will be run for you at your first appointment or you may call your insurance provider to verify your benefits for physical therapy services. If your appointment is at the Hall-Perrine Cancer Center, ask what the benefits are for hospital-based billing for physical therapy; if your appointment is at Mercy Health Plaza, ask about clinic-based billing for physical therapy. You can also contact Mercy’s Financial Advocate at (319) 369-4505.
Infrared Light Therapy is used to treat patients with neuropathy, pain and poor circulation caused by a range of factors, including chemotherapy, diabetes, severe injuries and vascular disease. This non-invasive, evidence-based therapy emits infrared light, which increases circulation to promote healing and decrease pain and inflammation. Symptoms include:
For questions on whether infrared light therapy may be an option for you, please call (319) 861-7776.