Our Occupational Therapy Department is led by Tracy L. Bender, OTD, OTR/L, CLT, CMF. Request an appointment now.
Patients often times need services such as lymphedema therapy. Patients can often experience lymphedema, a debilitating after effect of cancer, an occupational therapist is trained and able to address this issue. Studies show that patients with advanced cancer who receive early palliative care report better quality of life and live a few months longer than patients receiving only standard care.
While our patients are undergoing treatment, it can help them maintain physical well-being and reduce discomfort to have occupational therapy. After treatment, therapy can help patients regain function and strength. This unique combination of cancer and occupation therapy fills the needs at each stage of our patients’ treatment and survivorship. These symptoms may include lymphedema, fatigue, musculoskeletal pain, joint stiffness, weakness, cognitive problems, balance problems and issues with communication, swallowing or eating.
Meet our Occupational Therapist:
We also offer the following opportunities for our patients from the Occupational Therapy Team:
“We are excited to offer this service to our patients. This not only adds to their quality of life, but helps survivors who are undergoing treatment or living with the side effects of cancer treatment. This offering is one of only a few in the country to work with patients before, during and after cancer treatments, coordinating rehabilitation with the patients and their medical team.”
Joseph Kam Chiu, MD, Radiation Oncologist