Cancer Rehabilitation Services
Medical Rehabilitation, in conjunction with the Outpatient Cancer Center at the Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute, provides outpatient cancer rehabilitation services to patients in therapy, remission, and survivorship.
For appointments, a physician's written prescription is needed and may be sent by fax or mail. Prior authorization by the health plan may also be needed. Following the receipt of a prescription by Outpatient Rehabilitation Services, the individual will be contacted to arrange an appointment.
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
444 S. San Vicente Blvd., Suite 701
Los Angeles, CA 90048
Physical therapy provides the assessment and treatment of physical disorders, such as weakness, fatigue, balance problems, pain and joint tightness due to the treatment of side effects and secondary sequelae of various forms of cancer. Physical therapy treatment may include exercise, muscle and joint stretching, manual therapy, balance training, home exercise education and postural retraining to return the individual to a higher level of functioning and comfort. Patients benefitng from physical therapy may be those recovering from breast cancer surgery with lymph node removal, head and neck cancer surgery, and sarcoma removal surgeries with or without radiation therapy.
Lymphedema therapy aims to decrease the incidence and severity of lymphedema (swelling due to the removal of lymph nodes for cancer staging and/or radiation therapy) through early intervention and patient education. To address swelling of involved areas, a combination of manual lymphatic drainage techniques may be used. Compression bandages and/or compression devices may also be used to improve and control the lymphedema. Patient education and training in self-care is critical to transition the patient to independent management of their lymphedema after the initial intensive phase of treatment.