Cancer Rehabilitation Program

Our Cancer Rehabilitation Program (CRP) is a comprehensive program that provides outpatient rehabilitation to cancer patients and survivors. Whether newly diagnosed or finished with treatment, we can help decrease pain and enable individuals to safely and effectively regain independence. Our goal is to help patients love their life as they did before cancer. For those who want to increase their independence and fulfill rehab goals, the CRP may be the right path. 


Patients doing stretches and exercises

Cancer Rehabilitation Program

Who Qualifies?

We assist patients with a variety of diagnoses, including:

  • Prostate cancer
  • Lung cancer
  • Breast cancer
  • Spine and brain tumors
  • Leukemia
  • Head and neck cancer
  • Lymphoma
  • Bladder cancer
  • Colon and rectal cancer
  • Pancreatic cancer

Benefits

  • Improved physical strength to help offset limitations caused by cancer and cancer treatment
  • Increased ability for self-care and reduced support needed from caregivers
  • Community reintegration (return to work and independence)
  • Development and coordination of an interdisciplinary care plan for individual needs
  • Preservation and restoration of function
  • Management of cancer or related cancer treatment impairments 
Patients doing stretches and exercises

What's Included?

  • Post surgical pain and scar management
  • Health promotion (physical activity and nutrition)
  • Customized therapeutic exercises and activities to maximize strength and endurance
  • One-on-one sessions with physical therapist who has more than 10 years of experience with cancer rehabilitation

Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation

Urinary Incontinence, or the loss of bladder control, afflicts more than 25 million Americans. About 80% are women, and research shows that those who take part in rehabilitation therapy see improvements with their quality of life.

Patients being assisted to stand up

Who Qualifies?

Individuals who suffer from:

  • Stress incontinence
  • Urge incontinence
  • Overflow incontinence
  • Mixed incontinence
  • Functional incontinence
  • Gross total incontinence

Benefits

  • Improved pelvic floor muscle strength
  • Controlling the Urge Techniques/Exercises
  • Bladder Training

What's Included?

  • Health promotion (physical activity and nutrition)
  • Customizing therapeutic exercises and activities to maximize strength and endurance
  • One-on-one sessions working with physical therapist who has more than 10 years of experience with Pelvic Floor (Urinary Incontinence) rehabilitation

Lymphedema Program

Patients doing stretches and exercises

Lymphedema is the swelling of a body part, most often in the arms and legs. It results from an accumulation of protein-rich lymphatic fluid in the superficial tissues, which can have significant pathological and clinical consequences if left untreated. Causes of Lymphedema can include surgery, radiation therapy, chronic venous insufficiencies, infections and heredity. This chronic and progressive condition will not disappear, however, with proper treatment it can be managed successfully.

Who Can Benefit?

  • Those diagnosed with lymphedema
  • Those with chronic wounds due to lymphedema
  • Those with impaired lymphatic system
  • Post-surgical patients, especially if lymph nodes were removed

Benefits

  • Helps to manage lymphedema
  • Reduces the affected limb volume/girth
  • Reduces pain with movement of the affected limb
  • Improves the use of the affected limb
  • Leads to independence in the care of the affected limb

What's Included?

Patient being assisted for rehabilitation

Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT) techniques conducted by a Certified Lymphedema Therapist includes:

  • Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD)
  • Decongestive exercises
  • Multi-layer compression bandaging
  • Compression garment measuring and fitting
  • Skin and nail care

Our Care Team

Patients work with a team of cancer rehabilitation specialists, including physical therapists and exercise physiologists, to create a program tailored specifically towards improving quality of life.

Cheri Teranishi-Hashimoto, DPT, MS, MSPT
Program Director Women's Health & Cancer Rehabilitation
Assistant Manager KJ & Beatrice Luke Specialty Clinic at Nuuanu 

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