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Cancer Rehabilitation

We Are Committed to Helping Patients Heal Faster and Better.

The Regional Cancer Center is committed to offering the best available rehabilitation services for our patients. We partner with Rachel Coggins, DO, a physiatrist with Mary Washington Physical Medicine, to offer specialized rehabilitation for patients with a cancer diagnosis.

The physiatry-led START Program (Specialized Targeted Advanced Rehab Therapy) is cancer rehabilitation that provides patients with the latest cancer rehab techniques and research-based protocols to help cancer patients optimally heal and function.

It's no secret that chemotherapy, radiation, and other common treatments used to help you battle cancer can negatively affect the quality of your daily life. Whether you're newly diagnosed or long finished with treatment, we can help address the unique functional needs of cancer patients before, during, and after cancer treatment.

Areas of rehabilitation may include:

  • Musculoskeletal pain
  • Joint stiffness
  • Limb swelling (lymphedema)
  • Weakness and fatigue
  • Cognitive problems
  • Balance issues
  • Difficulty talking or swallowing
  • Mobility problems
  • Tingling and numbness

Our Highly Trained Medical Staff Awaits You.

Our care is based on conventional medicine and is delivered by knowledgeable, sensitive medical experts at the top of their fields, specially trained to address functional problems related to all forms of cancer. They comprise a variety of disciplines including physicians; physical, occupational, and speech therapists; registered nurses; nutritionists; and mental health professionals.

The START program not only supports your physical healing, but also provides referrals for emotional, nutrition, and smoking cessation resources. We offer you a personalized rehab plan with an interdisciplinary approach.

Your cancer rehabilitation plan will center around individualized goals that address your unique needs and put you on a path to START improving your daily functioning and quality of life by:

  • Increasing your strength and energy
  • Alleviating pain
  • Improving physical functioning
  • Achieving emotional balance
  • Boosting your immune system

Each team member offers expert medical guidance, training, encouragement, and support throughout the program. Feeling well enough to resume normal day to day activities is essential for you and your family to enjoy a good quality of life.

We Offer Comprehensive Care That Health Insurance Covers.

Our premium cancer rehabilitation services help you heal physically and emotionally from treatment side effects, and they are available if you are undergoing or have completed treatment. We also offer special programs called “pre-habilitation” prior to when cancer treatment begins so that we can help you prepare for treatment. Most of MWHC's cancer rehabilitation services are reimbursed by health insurance providers. Access to world-class follow-up care without added medical costs will enable you to regain your health and get your life back on track.

The START Program for Cancer Rehabilitation is provided at our outpatient rehabilitation clinics on the campus of both Mary Washington Hospital and Stafford Hospital campuses:

Mary Washington Hospital

Rehabilitation Services of Fredericksburg
Ambulatory Services Center
1201-B Sam Perry Boulevard, Suite 240
Fredericksburg, VA 22401

Stafford Hospital

Rehabilitation Services of Stafford
Stafford Medical Pavilion
125 Hospital Center Boulevard, Suite 303
Stafford, VA 22554

If you think cancer rehabilitation is right for you, ask your physician to refer you to Mary Washington Healthcare’s START Program for Cancer Rehabilitation. Contact 540.741.2244 for more information and for scheduling your appointment.

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