Services We Offer

Services can be tailored to meet your individual requirements, but many are addressed in our current services, which are outlined below.

Pain Management

Learn about pain management through the use of different physical therapy modalities – heat, cold, electric stimulation, exercise, myofascial release techniques, etc. – in conjunction with the Pain Management Team/Task Force.

Post Breast Surgery Rehabilitation

Patients who undergo breast surgery will meet with PT staff, who will provide them with an overview of the lymphedema prevention precautions to observe and the exercises they will perform after the removal of drains. When patients return to clinic, they return to PT for more thorough instruction in exercises to restore shoulder mobility and function.

Lymphedema Program

Lymphedema occurs when lymph fluid builds up, causing swelling in a part of the body — most often a limb. The condition may be caused by cancer surgery that removes several lymph nodes, or radiation therapy that may damage lymph nodes, interrupting the flow of lymph fluid, resulting in lymphedema. Lymphedema can be treated, but not reversed.

Roswell Park's Lymphedema Care provides specialized treatment to reduce swelling and discomfort and prevent infection. Treatment sessions may include manual lymphatic drainage, therapeutic bandaging, proper exercises, skincare instruction regarding specific lotions and soaps, and self-care tips to reduce lymphedema going forward.

Our services are open to all cancer patients, including those who are not current patients at Roswell Park.

Post Radical Neck Dissection

Since a nerve and/or a muscle can be affected during this surgery, patients are taught exercises to minimize postural deformity and maximize the function of the neck and shoulder.

Post Lung Surgery

After a thoracotomy, patients often need rehabilitation to improve the mobility of their shoulder due to the incision and the chest tubes. Additionally, patients can learn conditioning/endurance programs to regain their functional mobility. Some patients with compromised pulmonary function (after pneumonectomy) also will benefit from energy conservation techniques.


There are numerous types of neurological involvement in cancer patients, including primary tumors of the brain and spinal cord, metastatic tumors of the nervous system, and peripheral nerve damage as a result of tumor, surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy. Rehabilitation programs are tailored to the individual needs of the patient to maximize the ability to function independently and return to their daily activities.

Orthopedic Patients

Limb sparing surgeries have largely been used for primary extremity tumors instead of amputation. However, the rehabilitation process is often extensive, with the patients having internal prostheses or grafts, and require a great deal of muscle re-education and gait and functional activity training.

Bone Marrow Transplant/Hi-Dose Chemotherapy

Patients receiving bone marrow transplants and those receiving hi-dose chemotherapy require physical therapy as in- and as outpatients to offset the many side effects of treatment. These may include muscle and nerve damage, balance disorders, de-conditioning, and cardiopulmonary compromise.


Survivors who have been diagnosed with cancer and have gone through the associated treatments often find themselves dealing with secondary issues that can affect their quality of life. Physical, Occupational and Lymphedema Therapy can play an important role for patients recovering from cancer treatment. By helping to increase strength, control pain, improve balance and manage daily living function. Rehabilitation Services can help survivors return to their greatest level of ability.