CVMC offers several services and treatments to help cancer survivors’ cope with long and short term side effects from their cancer or their cancer treatment.
CVMC offers a broad spectrum of cancer care services in a caring, professional and collaborative environment. We offer some of the most advanced treatments available and celebrate measurable progress in curing cancer.
Our approach in treating the “whole patient” has informed us, over time, that short- and long-term side effects of cancer and cancer treatment can be profound.
As a cancer survivor facing these new challenges you can expect your care to continue in this same collaborative manner.
CVMC Rehab Services joins your cancer care team to help you address these side effects. We strive to improve your quality of life.
Some of the side effects we see with our cancer recovering patients are:
- Decreased balance
- Decreased strength
- Decreased range of motion
- Profound fatigue/decreased endurance
- Visual disturbances
- Speech and voice disorders
- Swallowing disorders
- Cognitive disorders
Rehabilitation Therapy at Central Vermont Medical Center provides Physical Therapy, both aquatic and land-based, Occupational Therapy and Speech and Language Pathology to patients experiencing cancer side effects.
Studies show that therapy programs introduced at the beginning of cancer treatment with a greater emphasis on endurance activities improve stamina and quality of life (QOL) for cancer survivors.
Studies show that gross motor abnormalities go largely unnoticed in cancer survivors because the majority of problems are not overtly physically disabling. These do however contribute to the individual’s self-esteem, level of fitness and success and enjoyment of recreational, educational and social activities.
Cancer Exercise Group
The Cancer Exercise Group is for patients who have cancer or have been treated for cancer. This 12 week session is held two to three times throughout the year. The group meets alternatively with a Physical Therapist one night and an Occupational Therapist on the other night.
This fun Cancer Fitness Program is designed to meet the unique needs of all Types of Cancer Survivors. It is designed to help improve stemina, cardiorespiratory fitness and muscle strength.
Time: Mondays and Wednesdays, 5:15 pm – 6:45 pm
Location: Rehabilitation Services, 1311 Barre/Montpelier Road, Berlin VT
Space is limited to 6 people per session
Cost is minimal (call to inquire)
For more information about upcoming classes call Julie Rossignol at 371-5926.