Living Well Beyond Cancer
Are you suffering from the side effects of cancer and cancer treatment?
We can help. Let us help you improve your physical and mental well-being and get back to a better life.
Cancer rehabilitation @ NovaCare can help empower people affected by cancer and its treatment to live their best lives.
Cancer Wellness Program (CWP)
The Cancer Wellness Program (CWP) at NovaCare provides many services to support you during and after your cancer treatment.
The CWP program services at NovaCare can help you:
- Live with the late and long-term effects of your cancer treatment
- Improve your function
- Improve your health and quality of life
- Get better with help from a large rehab team
These cancer wellness sessions are led by one of our cancer wellness service providers. The programs change throughout the year.A list of the programs available to you can be found below. Please note that these programs are demand-based and will run dependent on the registration of our clients.
Our cancer rehabilitation program can help
You optimize your physical and mental well-being throughout your cancer journey. Starting treatment early in your journey can help reduce or avoid cancer-related, surgical, and post-surgical issues during and after treatment.
We will work with you to improve and resolve symptoms of “brain fog,” pain, fatigue, numbness, loss of mobility, reduced strength, lymphedema, axillary web syndrome, chemo-induced peripheral neuropathy, as well as other physical, cognitive and emotional concerns that may be holding you back from returning to your daily activities.
Multi-disciplinary treatment team
Our highly trained healthcare professionals have expertise in the complexities of cancer rehabilitation. Your treatment team may consist of a combination of a physiotherapist, occupational therapist, kinesiologist, massage therapist, psychologist and dietician. Our teams work together and with doctors and other specialists (with your consent) to ensure you receive the right treatment.
How can a customized treatment plan help me?
Cancer rehabilitation is strongly supported by research for all types of cancer diagnoses and all stages of survivorship. Our program is designed to help address issues that typically develop as a result of cancer or cancer treatments.
How does it work?
Our team will customize a treatment plan to address your unique needs and to help you optimize your physical and mental well-being with proven therapeutic methods. This may include a combination of approaches such as exercise and conditioning, manual therapy, massage therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy, lymphedema education and management, stress reduction and coping strategies, techniques to reduce dizziness and vertigo, and other specialized services.
What can I expect at my initial appointment?
At your initial appointment we will discuss any medical history that relates to your condition, so please bring details of health problems and past or current/ongoing treatments.
An assessment will be conducted which will allow the rehab team to prepare a treatment plan. They will discuss your customized treatment plan and explain when you can expect to see results.
Below is a list of reasons cancer patients can enroll in to the CWP program:
- Loss of range of motion
- Feelings of pain, tingling, numbness
- Balance issues and falls
- Fatigue (feeling tired)
- Lymphedema (swelling)
- Changes in appetite and diet concerns
- Trouble with activities of daily living
- Help with returning to work or school
- Psychosocial-help (emotions and coping, relationship changes, fear of cancer recurrence)
- “Brain fog” (poor memory, attention or focus)
- Help with exercise
Three different types of CWP :
- Group Cancer Wellness Program (Group CWP)
- Personalised Cancer Wellness Program ( Personalised CWP)
- Special workshops
All our services will be provided by specialist trained in cancer care and rehabilitation.
Group Cancer Wellness Program (GCWP)
(GCWP) The program is an 8-weeks program in a group of 6 cancer survivors.