Rehabilitation services

patient using rehab equipment

VCU Massey Comprehensive Cancer Center is home to one of the nation’s longest-running cancer rehabilitation programs, established in 1974 with a commitment to helping people get on with their lives after cancer. Today, the program maintains its national leadership role through:

  • Developing and providing innovative, compassionate care for patients
  • Sharing its expertise by hosting the acclaimed biennial Cancer Rehabilitation Conference, which brings together leaders in the field

Cancer and its treatment may cause some level of disability, whether a temporary or ongoing condition.

Our cancer rehabilitation experts are dedicated to helping patients learn to maximize their abilities following surgery or treatment. Specialists include a certified lymphedema therapist as well as a therapist who works exclusively with the unique needs of breast cancer patients.

The program focuses on the physical, psychological and vocational aspects of your adjustment:

  • Physical rehabilitation helps you adjust to changes in your body after surgery or other cancer treatment. It also helps you regain your strength and endurance.
  • Psychosocial services include support groups and supportive and chaplaincy counseling.
  • Vocational rehabilitation assists you with job-related or lifestyle problems you may have as a result of your cancer or cancer treatment.

In addition to your doctor and nurse, your team members may include physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech language pathologists, oral and maxillofacial prosthodontists, enterostomal therapists, dietitians, dental hygienists, counselors, social workers and chaplains. The program also has a group of dedicated volunteers. Patients can be seen in the hospital oncology units or in the outpatient oncology clinics.

For information or to make an appointment, call (804) 828-0246 to be referred to the appropriate rehabilitation specialist.