Rehabilitation After Cancer Treatment
Gynecologic cancers can cause lingering side effects, such as lymphedema, even after the cancer is under control. Rehabilitation is an important part of comprehensive care. The Rehabilitation Program focuses on improving quality of life and functional independence in mobility, safety and activities of daily living after cancer treatment.
The team is led by physicians with specialized training in physical medicine and rehabilitation, as well as by experienced physical and occupational therapists. Rehabilitation includes inpatient and outpatient services, depending on the functional needs of the individual.
The functional recovery process continues in an outpatient setting in the Froedtert & the Medical College Clinical Cancer Center. Physical medicine and rehabilitation physicians, along with physical and occupational therapists, create individualized rehabilitation plans that address specific patient needs.
The Cancer-Brain Connection
At Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin, we understand that cancer affects the mind as well as the body. While many patients expect to feel some sadness or depression, they are often surprised to experience mental slowness or difficulty with memory following cancer diagnosis and treatment. Our Neuro-Oncology Cognitive Clinic can help patients and their families deal with mental and emotional challenges, including the very real cognitive changes that can occur as a result of chemotherapy.