The Cancer Rehabilitation program at the University of Michigan Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation is designed to treat patients who have cancer, or a history of cancer, and who have a disability. In some patients, the cancer and/or its treatment may cause a variety of symptoms that can impact the patient's ability to live their life to their maximum potential. The Cancer Rehabilitation program is designed to help patients become more active, have a better quality of life, live with less pain, and return to participating in activities that they enjoy. We see patients who are actively being treated for cancer, or those who completed treatment, regardless of how long ago the treatment was.
We diagnose and manage a variety of symptoms, including joint pain, limb weakness, neuropathy, back pain, spasticity, deconditioning, radiation fibrosis syndrome, lymphedema, cognitive impairment, fatigue, spinal instability, myopathy, joint disease including arthritis, graft versus host disease, trismus, jaw pain, difficulty swallowing, and more.
We see patients with any cancer diagnosis, regardless of prognosis. We will see any patient regardless of whether they are actively receiving treatment for their cancer, or if they have active cancer.
Finally, it is important to note that a patient may have symptoms that are unrelated to their cancer but who may benefit from a referral- for example, a patient with a history of breast cancer who has low back pain. The Cancer Rehabilitation program will still of course see these patients, and use the knowledge of the disease and treatment process in developing a rehabilitation plan uniquely suited for each patient.
For more information, please contact Sean Smith, MD.