Patient using machine in new rehab therapy space - April 2021

Rehabilitation Therapy

Rehabilitation Services Info Sheet
Learn more in our program brochure.

Roswell Park’s Rehabilitation Services encompass both inpatient and outpatient services to provide physical and occupational therapy specifically designed for cancer patients and survivors of all ages — before, during and after cancer treatment. Our Rehabilitation team will work to maximize your physical abilities and quality of life, to ensure the most effective recovery for you. Both pediatric and adult patients are seen within our clinic.

Outpatient services can be accessed Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Rehabilitation Offices are located on the ground floor of the hospital and can be contacted by calling 716-845-3271.

Why it’s important

Surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, transplant and other cancer treatments can cause many side effects — while many of these side effects do subside once treatment ends, others remain. The rehab team can help address many of the effects of cancer, in addition to the effects of your cancer treatment. More than 80% of cancer patients have side effects that can be improved with rehabilitation.

You don’t have to wait to complete your cancer treatment before seeking relief. Many symptoms can be addressed and improved while you are in active treatment. In addition, some secondary effects — such as lymphedema — may not surface until years later.

How we can help

After an initial evaluation, our team will create a personalized plan of care to address your needs. This plan may encompass exercises for you to perform at home, activity modifications, and a schedule of continued therapy appointments in our clinic. Physical and occupational therapy can help start you on the road to a more active way of life, resuming prior activities or finding new ones. Staying physically active after a cancer diagnosis has beneficial effects for several aspects of survivorship, including weight management, quality of life, cancer recurrence or progression, and prognosis. Ask your Roswell Park physician for a referral, and let us begin helping you!

Enacting a team approach to empower and facilitate patients of all ages to achieve their functional goals with a focus on quality of life through providing compassionate, individualized, oncology based care throughout your cancer journey.

Meet the Physical Therapy Team