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Cancer Patient Stories

Mina Fuller

Mina Fuller

After having a cancerous tumor in her brain removed, Mina experienced a brain injury that left her physically impaired and cognitively disoriented.

Read Mina's patient story

RIC Center for Cancer Rehabilitation

MORE THAN SURVIVE THRIVE

RIC is revolutionizing cancer rehabilitation with a novel, integrated approach that will advance human ability™.

At the time of a cancer diagnosis, everyone is focused on the cause and the plan of action. But what happens during and after treatment? Many functional problems can occur. The recovery process for survivors is about achieving one's highest potential.

Cancer patients face many issues including...

  • Pain/Arthralgias
  • Deconditioning
  • Cancer-related Fatigue
  • Peripheral Neuropathy/Plexopathy
  • Poor Bone Health/Osteoporosis
  • Cognitive Impairment
  • Chronic CV/Pulmonary Restriction
  • GVHD/Skin Change
  • Pelvic/Sexual Health Dysfunction
  • Weight Gain or Loss
  • Lymphedema

A continuum of care for functional health

The effects of the disease and corresponding treatments can create complex medical issues. Cancer survivors can benefit from an integrated rehabilitation program to help them return to their greatest level of ability.

cancer continuum

RIC's Center for Cancer Rehabilitation provides treatment that goes beyond medical and surgical treatment options. Cancer rehabilitation addresses each patient's functional needs. Whether a patient is newly diagnosed or has completed treatment, RIC is able to create a program that improves their quality of life. RIC believes the greatest outcomes are possible when rehabilitation is a part of their full recovery - from the very start and through the entire continuum of care.

An interdisciplinary approach

cancer abilityRIC's expert team of physicians, nurses, physical, occupational and speech therapists, social workers and psychologists deploy the latest therapies and create customized care plans for patients and their families to help them maximize what is most important in their lives.

Following an evaluation and assessment of functional impairments, our team will develop a rehabilitation plan for current needs and adjust through their continuum of care.

These plans will:

  • Minimize the effects of immobility
  • Assist with effective pain management
  • Develop a therapeutic exercise program
  • Restore flexibility, strength and endurance
  • Overcome fatigue
  • Enhance memory and concentration
  • Address healthy lifestyle changes
  • Reintegrate into family and community

Research will influence the future

The major goal of our research initiatives is to monitor, track, and promote exercise in our patient therapy at every point of the cancer care continuum. Regardless of the diagnosis, research has shown that exercise can decrease cancer-related fatigue and other cancer-related problems. We are committed to further research and studies to continually validate this approach and reinforce the importance of exercise throughout a patient's cancer recovery. We have an urgent responsibility to help our patients do so much more than merely survive. Thriving with full ability is our goal.