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Oncology Rehabilitation

Specialized Rehabilitation for Cancer Patients

Experiencing cancer treatment can be a challenging time, but you don’t have to go through it alone. Allow us to walk alongside you and provide the tools and support necessary to help minimize the side effects of cancer treatments.

Established at Aspen Valley Hospital in 2015, the Oncology Rehabilitation Program holistically addresses cancer and treatment-related symptoms during and after treatment through cardiovascular exercise, as well as resistance, balance and neuromuscular training in a supportive group environment.

To learn more, please contact rehabilitation specialist, Alexis Bradfield, MS, BS.


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0401 Castle Creek Road
Aspen, Colorado 81611

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What is Oncology Rehabilitation?

Oncology Rehabilitation is a progressive, individualized exercise program addressing cancer and treatment-related symptoms. There are several elements of the rehab program, including resistance training, cardiovascular exercise and core/balance training, all within a group setting.

Each exercise prescription is customized depending on each individual’s specific diagnosis and limitations. The Aspen Valley Hospital Oncology Rehabilitation program provides side-by-side support for those experiencing cancer treatment. Our compassionate team of experts offers individualized exercise programs, tools and guidance designed to help minimize the side effects of cancer treatments.

Everything You Need To Know About Oncology Rehabilitation

How the Program Works

A referral from a physician is required for admission to this program. Once physician approval is obtained, an Oncology Rehabilitation Specialist conducts an initial assessment to evaluate the specific needs of each patient. An individualized exercise plan is designed for the patient depending on the severity and specificities of each cancer and its treatment-related symptoms.

Who is Eligible

Patients recovering from or currently undergoing treatment for cancer are eligible. Types of cancers may include:

  • Breast
  • Brain
  • Colon/Rectal
  • Gynecologic
  • Head and neck
  • Leukemia/Lymphoma
  • Lung
  • Prostate
  • Skin
  • Testicular

treadmills in the pulmonary rehabilitation center at aspen valley hospitalWhat to Expect

Patients can expect to exercise two days per week for approximately one hour and use a variety of exercise equipment, including but not limited to treadmills, bicycles, rowing machines and resistance training machines. We will monitor patient vital signs such as blood pressure, heart rate, oxygen saturation and Rate of Perceived Exertion (RPE). Patients may also be given a home exercise plan to supplement the other exercise sessions each week.

Benefits

Your Oncology Rehabilitation Specialist works with you to customize a plan that includes specific exercises addressing any range of motion deficits, fatigue, aerobic or muscular endurance, and other individual needs.

Research has shown that regular exercise can improve or even alleviate many of the troublesome symptoms that can accompany a cancer diagnosis. Potential benefits patients can achieve through oncology rehabilitation are:

  • Decreased fatigue
  • Improved appetite
  • Improved circulation
  • Increased strength
  • Improved physical function
  • Improved sleep quality
  • Decreased depression/anxiety
  • Enhanced sense of wellbeing
  • Improved health-related quality of life

A Path Forward

Patients can continue with our Oncology Rehabilitation Program throughout and following treatment. Punch cards can be purchased for a nominal fee. Assistance may be available for patients with identified financial need.

While exercise is an important aspect of overall health, it is equally important to live a full and balanced life. Oncology Rehabilitation works closely with your doctor and available mental health resources to ensure your care addresses physical and emotional needs.

Oncology Rehabilitation Team