Rehabilitation & Continuing Care
University Cancer Services
1350 Walton Way
Cancer and its treatments can have a profound effect on a patient’s nutritional status, therefore maintaining an adequate intake of calories and protein is important for fighting cancer. The registered dietitians in University’s Nutrition Therapy Program help patients plan menus to combat the side effects of cancer therapies and to boost their natural defenses. Hospitality assistants review each day’s menu selections, offer taste-enhancing condiments and provide nutritious, appealing snacks to help patients maintain their strength.
To maintain the highest possible quality of life, cancer patients also might require rehabilitative therapy. That’s why University’s multidisciplinary cancer team includes certified physical, occupational and speech therapists, as well as therapists specially trained to help patients manage dizziness and balance problems.
Patients who have breast or abdominal surgery or radiation therapy might be at risk for lymphedema, a form of fluid retention resulting from the loss of normal lymph channel drainage.
University’s certified lymphedema therapists provide patient education and treatment to reduce lymphedema and the complications it can cause.
Patients who are receiving lengthy treatments have greater privacy and comfort. Trained professionals closely monitor each patient’s response to treatment in all locations.
Wound, Ostomy and Continence Care (WOCN)
Experienced wound, ostomy and continence nurses (WOCN) help patients recover from colostomies and ileostomies, treat burns from radiation therapy and help cancer patients avoid pressure ulcers (or bed sores). These specialized nurses help patients avoid complications through daily interaction and follow-up visits.
Continuing Home Care
When it’s time to go home, University Home Health, a Medicare-certified home health care provider, provides skilled in-home services to patients throughout the CSRA. These services may include:
- skilled nursing services
- physical, occupational and speech therapists
- medical social work services to coordinate funding and needed resources
- home health aides to assist with activities of daily living and personal care