Cancer survivors have already braved the difficulties of treatment, and now it’s time to tackle the unfortunate side effects.
Most of NGMC’s cancer rehabilitation services are reimbursed by health insurance providers; staff can work with patients to verify insurance benefits for their specific plans. If you think cancer rehabilitation is right for you, ask for your physician to refer you to NGMC’s Cancer Rehabilitation Program, or call 770-219-8200 for more information.
About the Program
The Cancer Center at Northeast Georgia Medical Center (NGMC) and The Rehabilitation Institute of NGMC partner to provide STAR Program® certified cancer rehabilitation to help cancer survivors function at the highest level possible.
The STAR Program®, which stands for Survivorship Training and Rehabilitation, is the nation’s first certification program to provide hospitals with the tools and training needed to minimize the debilitating side effects of cancer treatment. NGMC is proud to be the first hospital in Georgia to receive STAR Program® certification for cancer rehabilitation.
Your cancer rehabilitation plan will depend on individualized goals that focus on three main areas:
- Increasing strength and energy
- Managing pain
- Improving your quality of life
Our Cancer Survivor Rehabilitation Guidebook, which we give to each patient, is a useful tool during your journey. The Guide provides tips about how to set specific goals for exercise, nutrition, sleep, and more.
Click here to learn more about the STAR Program®
What We Treat
It’s no secret that chemotherapy, radiation, and other common treatments used to help you battle cancer can, unfortunately, negatively affect the quality of your daily life. Symptoms that we treat include:
- Musculoskeletal pain
- Joint stiffness
- Limb swelling (lymphedema)
- Weakness and fatigue
- Cognitive problems
- Balance issues
- Difficulty talking or swallowing
- Mobility problems
- Tingling and numbness
NGMC’s cancer rehabilitation care is provided by a multidisciplinary group of trained professionals who have experience treating the disease. Our team includes:
- A Neuropsychologist
- Oncology nurses
- Physical therapists
- Occupational therapists
- Speech-language pathologists
- A registered dietician
- A cancer navigator
- A licensed Clinical Social Worker
Most of NGMC’s cancer rehabilitation services are reimbursed by health insurance providers. We’ll be happy to look over your insurance plan with you to check for specific rehabilitation benefits.
“Cancer and its treatment can result in incredible physical, emotional, occupational, spiritual and financial burdens for patients and their families,” says Frank G. Lake, III, MD, a radiation oncologist with NGPG Radiation Oncology and STAR Program certified clinician at The Cancer Center at NGMC. “The STAR Program certification helps us offer another layer of support to lessen these burdens during all phases of a patient's cancer journey, and I look forward to referring my patients into the program.”
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