Published on June 14, 2016

Live better after cancer

Cancer treatments can give you back your life.

But they can also take a toll on your body.

Woman stretchingChemotherapy can sap your energy. Surgery might leave you with some pain. Or scar tissue from radiation therapy might make it hard to fully move your limbs.

A new oncology rehabilitation program—offered through Mercy Cancer Care—can help ease these and other cancer treatment side effects. The goal of the program, launched in late January, is to help cancer patients thrive during and after treatment.

“Cancer treatment is very exhausting for the body,” says Michele Zappile-Lucis, DPT, OCS, Physical Therapist and Administrative Director of Oncology (cancer care) at Mercy. “And rehab can do wonders for patients who want to get back their energy, lessen pain and do the things they used to be able to do.”

Through exercise and other therapies, oncology rehab can help improve:

  • Fatigue 
  • Swelling in the arms 
  • Loss of motion 
  • Muscle or joint pain 
  • Walking and balance
  • Burning or tingling in the hands and feet

The rehab program is one more way Mercy cares for patients with cancer from diagnosis to survival. Call 215.335.3954 to learn more about the program. Or ask your doctor for a referral.