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Specialized therapy and care for people with cancer who experience speech and swallowing challenges, swelling (lymphedema), fatigue, muscle loss, challenges with mobility and balance as well as pain before, during and after treatment
Physical therapists and specialists for speech and swallowing, lymphedema and pelvic floor therapy help people with cancer to improve their quality of life at Wellstar locations across Georgia.
People who are treated for many different kinds of cancer may benefit from physical therapy to address pain, fatigue, soft tissue restrictions, strength and muscle loss, balance impairments and abnormal gait. Our physical therapists can evaluate and treat for these challenges. With physical therapy, many people with cancer can improve their health, quality of life and return to work and other activities.
People who have had cancer or cancer treatments may develop lymphedema, often characterized by a swelling or heaviness in a specific area—for example, swelling in the arms, legs or neck. Many people with cancer can benefit from therapy and education prior to cancer treatment or surgery. Wellstar has certified lymphedema therapists at select locations to provide complete decongestive therapy, an intensive program to help patients improve symptoms and long-term management of lymphedema.
Speech therapists often work with people with head and neck cancer. Treatment of these cancers can result in speech language, motor speech, comprehension and reasoning, voice disorders as well as challenges with swallowing and eating. Our speech-language pathologists can evaluate and treat for these changes, as well as provide specialized treatment and management of tracheoesophageal prosthesis after the vocal cords have been removed.
For patients with pelvic or abdominal cancers including prostate, bladder and ovarian cancers, treatment can affect the function of the bladder, bowels and sex. Wellstar has physical therapists with specialized training to work with patients who need pelvic floor rehabilitation to restore function for a higher quality of life after cancer.