Health Minute: Life After Cancer

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There’s a lot of focus on cancer screenings, causes and the search for a cure.
 
But what about getting “back to normal” after cancer treatment?
 
It can be difficult, especially when you have a lot of people counting on you.
 
When Brenda Harless heard the words “you have cancer” her first concern was, everybody else.
 
“I think the first thing that made me cry was the fact that i was worried about, “who is going to take care of dad and michael.”
 
Brenda was diagnosed with a type of lymphoma in her back.
 
She was successfully treated with radiation, and although her new scans showed no active disease, she was still having pain when she walked.
 
Brenda didn’t have to go far to find a Physical Therapist, The Survivorship Program at her treatment center has an “under one roof” philosophy.
 
That means patients not only have access to their oncologists, but physical, occupational and massage therapists, as well as speech pathologists, all in one place.
 
“Sometimes people forget that just because you have a cancer diagnosis, you still need to have the other issues addressed.”
 
The center doesn’t just prepare patients’ bodies for life after cancer, it also focuses on their mental health.
 
“Making huge lifestyle changes, those are the kinds of things patients miss if they don’t know rehab can help them through their cancer journey.”

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