UChicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center

Cancer Rehabilitation: Taking the Next Step After Cancer

Whether your fight with cancer ended with a clear knockout, or your fight continues to this day and beyond, the UChicago Medicine Ingalls Memorial Cancer Rehab Program is a set of resources to help you minimize cancer's effect in your life. The "I Can Thrive" Program helps cancer survivors take the next step.

Survivorship Resources Help You Minimize Cancer's Effect in Your Life

New Challenges
As more survivors claim victory over their cancers, they face new challenges. The medications, treatments and surgeries used to treat cancer, and the cancer itself, can have lasting side effects on energy, endurance, balance and strength. Some survivors will encounter emotional challenges, including understanding and accepting the changes to their body or life that came with cancer. These physical and emotional side effects can be managed to ensure that you take the next step from survival to the happy, healthy energetic life you deserve.

Managing Future Risks
Cancer survivors are also at greater risk for recurrence or developing secondary cancers as a result of several factors, including the effects of treatment, genetics, risk factors, and unhealthy behaviors like smoking, obesity, and a sedentary lifestyle. You absolutely can reduce your risk of cancer by adopting a healthier lifestyle. The "I Can Thrive" Cancer Rehab Program at UChicago Medicine Ingalls Memorial can encourage you to take the next step to protect your future health.

Cancer Rehabilitation
Cancer rehabilitation is very similar to other forms of rehabilitation after a serious illness or surgery. Cancer rehabilitation helps with a wide variety of treatment-related conditions and their symptoms, including:

  • Pain
  • Weakness
  • Fatigue
  • Shoulder problems
  • Balance and gait problems
  • Memory and concentration issues
  • Swallowing
  • Speech problems
  • Lymphedema
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Musculoskeletal pain

If you are experiencing problems you didn't have before your diagnosis, get the help you need with the UChicago Medicine Ingalls Memorial Survivorship program.

Take the Next Step
We are committed to providing you with the expertise to help you thrive. The UChicago Medicine Ingalls Memorial I Can Thrive Cancer Rehab Program provides personalized guidelines, activities, and exercises documented to improve endurance, strength and balance.

The program is staffed by experienced clinicians, including nurses, dietitians, physical therapists, psychologists, and others who can help you take the next step. Call us at 708-915-7827 to schedule an assessment.

Living Well After Cancer Is Possible When You Take the Next Step

Survive and Thrive
Living well after surviving cancer is possible. We are committed to helping you enjoy a rich, fulfilling life. So regardless of which hospital treated you for cancer, please contact the only hospital in Chicago's Southland area to be certified in survivorship – UChicago Medicine Ingalls Memorial. Take the next step after cancer and truly thrive. Call us at 708-915-7827 to schedule an assessment.

Comprehensive cancer rehabilitation services are reimbursed by most insurance plans. We'll be happy to help to review your insurance plan with you to check for specific rehabilitation benefits.

Simple Ways to Help Yourself.
In many ways, the steps you take as a cancer survivor to improve your health are no different from the steps taken by anyone who wants to improve his or her health.

  • Get regular exercise to increase your strength, endurance and emotional well-being.
  • Eat a balanced diet, and be sure to include lots of fruits, vegetables and whole grains while choosing lean proteins.
  • Maintain or achieve a healthy weight.
  • If you use tobacco, stop now.

In all these areas, be patient with yourself as you ease into healthy new habits. You'll be happier and more successful in the long term. Finally, get the help and encouragement you need to set and reach healthy goals with the experts at UChicago Medicine Ingalls Memorial.

For more information, call us at 708-915-7827.

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