Treatments for cancer can include rehab

Published 2:45 pm Monday, January 15, 2018

For people dealing with pain, discomfort, limited range of motion or swollen limbs caused by cancer, St. Luke’s Rehabilitation Center has a treatment to help. From physical therapy to occupational therapy to lymphedema therapy, specialized cancer rehabilitation programs can help patients improve strength, better care for themselves, reduce anxiety and depression, and improve sleep.

Join Sarah Compton, MSRS-PT, and Lynn Hensley, RN, of St. Luke’s Hospital to learn about various treatment options now available at St. Luke’s Hospital. This informative HealthTalk, “Oncology and Rehab, What are your Options?” will be held Thursday, Jan. 18, from 1-3 p.m. in the boardroom at St. Luke’s Hospital. The program is free, however, reservations are requested.

A physical therapist for 10 years, Compton recently achieved professional certification from the Physiological Oncology Rehabilitation Institute (PORi) of Colorado to provide specialized cancer rehab. Compton also has special training in manual lymph drainage to treat swollen limbs (lymphedema) caused by cancer treatment.

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Hensley, a registered nurse with 20 years of oncology care, is the director of St. Luke’s new Infusion Center where patients receive the latest in medical cancer care. A member of the renowned Levine Cancer Institute of Charlotte, the new Infusion Center provides a comfortable place for treatment for many patients who prefer to remain close to home for chemo and IV therapy.

To reserve a seat for this free program, please call 828-894-8419. Light refreshments will be available.

– submitted by Kathy Woodham