Kent Hospital is dedicated to helping cancer survivors function at the highest level possible. Cancer treatment can be very toxic and often causes significant pain, fatigue and disability for survivors. Through the STAR Program® (Survivorship Training and Rehabilitation), our goal is to minimize these side effects and to encourage cancer survivors to have the best quality life possible. The STAR Program® provides patients with comprehensive, coordinated cancer rehabilitation, supported by a team of STAR Certified clinicians and provider.
Who should be referred to the Rehabilitation and Survivorship Program?
Anyone who is undergoing cancer treatment, has recently completed cancer treatment, or who is living with unresolved problems from cancer treatment such as musculoskeletal pain, decreased endurance and strength, balance problems, fatigue, etc.
Why would I come to the Cancer Rehabilitation Program?
This is for patients who want to work hard to do more on their own. Our goal is to help you live your life as you did before you came to the hospital. Whether you are newly diagnosed or long finished with treatment, if you want to increase your independence and continue working on your rehab goals, then the Cancer Rehabilitation Program may be right for you.
If you have any additional questions, please call (401) 736-3737 and we will be happy to assist you.
What kind of therapy will I receive?
You will receive physical therapy or occupational therapy. We also have other services, such as rehabilitation psychology, if you need them.
Why do I need to see a physical therapist?
A physical therapist will help you address issues with fatigue, weakness, pain, decreased range of motion, nerve pain, and balance that may be impacting you on a daily basis.
Why do I need to see an occupational therapist?
An occupational therapist will address doing daily activities like dressing/grooming/ bathing, increasing your fine motor skills, saving your energy, and improving memory and sight.
What type of diagnoses do you see?
We see a wide range of diagnoses, including but not limited to:
- Lung cancer.
- Breast cancer.
- Spine and brain tumors.
- Head and neck cancer.
- Bladder cancer.
- Colon and rectal cancer.