Almost everyone knows someone who has been affected by cancer or they themselves have been diagnosed with it. According to the National Cancer Institute, in the year 2016 alone, “there were an estimated 15.5 million cancer survivors in the United States.” On June third, we recognize and celebrate all of those who have survived cancer. In order to help survivors return to a sense of normalcy, STARS offers a variety of therapies such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, lymphedema therapy, and speech therapy.

STARS’ Physical Therapists will work on a plethora of issues such as “reducing fatigue and pain, increasing flexibility, strength, endurance, coordination and/or balance” as they work through the patient’s individualized cancer rehabilitation program.

The Occupational Therapists at STARS may also focus on a similar range of issues as the Physical Therapists do, including fatigue and pain, but they also work alongside the patient to minimize ”weakness, cognitive difficulties, anxiety or depression” and to increase confidence. The exercises and therapy used to combat the issues above help to improve day-to-day living.

After enduring cancer and the treatments that come along with it, feeling like your normal self can seem next to impossible. At Saint Alphonsus Rehabilitation Services, we aim to help in the transformation back to normalcy.