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Cancer Rehab Program

Life doesn't stop for cancer - but cancer changes life. 

What is cancer rehab?

Cancer rehabilitation is a comprehensive program that assists cancer survivors in regaining strength, physical functioning and independence that may have been lost due to cancer or its treatments.

Our experienced team of professionals work with individuals to address rehabilitation needs for a variety of conditions including:

  • Fatigue
  • Weakness
  • Poor endurance
  • Decline in balance
  • Pain
  • Numbness in feet or hands
  • Scar tissue restriction
  • Late effects (such as lymphedema)
  • We are uniquely qualified to understand the effects of cancer and cancer treatments on daily life. Our goal is to improve your daily function and quality of life.

    Why was the program created?

    Throughout your cancer experience, it’s critical that you maintain the things in life that are important to you – your energy, your activity level, your relationships. In fact, research shows that an active lifestyle including exercise can enhance your body’s recovery and contribute to a better quality of life during and after cancer treatment.

    That’s why at the Hendrick Cancer & Rehab Center we directly address your physical, cognitive and emotional concerns caused by the disease and treatment – both during and following acute cancer treatment – to strengthen your return to full ability and enhance your quality of life.

    Who is your cancer rehab team?

    At VCU Health Cancer & Rehab at South Hill, we use a team-approach in the delivery of cancer services. This same multidisciplinary approach extends to post-cancer care and we are committed to providing the best survivorship care. Our staff has been trained in oncology rehabilitation care to help cancer survivors regain their highest quality of life.

    Your team consists of physicians, nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech-language pathologists, exercise physiologists, our chaplain and a social worker. Each team member provides expertise, guidance, training and support throughout your rehabilitation treatment.

    What are the benefits of physical activity?

    • Maintain / strengthen bones, muscles and joints

    • Psychological well-being

    • Reducing the risk of premature death

    • Reduce the risk of cancer recurrence

    • Improve cancer related fatigue

    • Improve quality of life

    • Control / lose weight 

    Two people performing rehab therapy

    What do we offer?

    Cancer rehab services provide 12 weeks of supervised medical fitness to qualifying cancer patients and their partner at no cost to them. This service is provided thanks to generous donors who have made donations to our oncology program.

    Contact Us:

    Call (434) 447-0895 for more information.