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Rehabilitation Oncology - Physiotherapy

Rehabilitation works to help patients restore or adapt to cognitive, functional and physical changes directly caused by cancer and/or cancer treatments.

Rehabilitation has many benefits: It can help manage various cancer-related symptoms and side effects such as pain, lymphedema, fatigue and changes in thinking, memory, speech, language, voice quality and mobility.

The Rehabilitation Oncology program consists of a team of rehabilitation specialists including occupational therapists, physiotherapists, a physiatrist and speech and language therapists. Services vary per location, however many services may be accessed through virtual care (e.g. phone, Zoom, Telehealth):

  • Cross Cancer Institute (CCI) in Edmonton: Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy and Speech & Language Therapy
  • Grande Prairie Cancer Centre: Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy and Speech Language Pathology
  • Holy Cross Centre in Calgary: Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy and Physiatry. Physiatrists are medical doctors specializing in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
  • Jack Ady Cancer Centre in Lethbridge: Physiotherapy
  • Tom Baker Cancer Centre (TBCC): Speech & Language Therapy

Assessment and treatments are offered in in-person, group settings and virtually (through phone and online platforms like Zoom and Telehealth).

Your doctor will get a written report after your assessment.

For more information, please visit:

Cancer Care Alberta: Rehabilitation Oncology

Access
Service Providers May Include
physical therapists (PT), physiotherapists (PT)
Eligibility

Clients with rehabilitation conditions, including lymphedema, caused by cancer and/or cancer treatments.

Examples of, but not limited to, and other rehabilitation conditions such as:

  • Axillary webbing (cording)
  • Radiation capsulitis
  • Trismus (lock jaw) from head and neck cancer
  • Radiation fibrosis limiting range of motion
  • Pain
  • Cancer-related fatigue
  • Decreased mobility and deconditioning
  • Spinal accessory nerve damage
  • Speech, voice and swallowing changes
  • Cancer related cognitive changes such as changes in thinking, memory, processing information
  • Return to work/ leisure/ school planning
  • Neuro-oncological changes such as chemotherapy induced polyneuropathy, brain fog and cognitive changes
Service Access

Healthcare providers should consult the Alberta Referral Directory for service referral information.


Service Locations
Also Known As
Acronym
PT, Rehab Oncology
Previous
Rehabilitation and Lymphedema Program
Preferred
Cancer Rehabilitation, Physiotherapy
Other
Physical Therapy