What are the different types of cancer our rehabilitation programs assist?
Our cancer rehabilitation programs assist with the recovery of colon cancer, cervical cancer, bone cancer, myeloma, lung cancer, brain tumours and their associated treatments.
- Colon Cancer: Colon cancer might also be known as bowel cancer, depending on where it starts. It grows from the inner lining and can develop small growths call polyps. If left untreated it can grow and spread to the lymph nodes.
Cervical Cancer: Cervical cancer is the growth of abnormal cells in the lining of a female’s cervix. The most common symptoms of cervical cancer can include vaginal bleeding between periods, heavier periods, bleeding and pain after intercourse. The most common cause of cervical cancer is the infection of the human papillomavirus (HPV) and is often detected in a routine cervical cancer screening test.
Bone Cancer: Bone cancer is cancer that begins in the bones and there are more than 30 different types of bone cancer. The most common symptoms of bone cancer is pain in the bones and joints. Some of the causes of bone cancer can include radiotherapy and genetic factors.
Myeloma: Myeloma is a type of blood cancer that develops from plasma cells in someone’s bone marrow. The most common symptoms of myeloma may include bone pain, tiredness or frequent infections. Although the causes of myeloma are unknown and isn’t considered hereditary.
Lung Cancer: Lung cancer is the growth and abnormal cell growth in someone’s lungs. Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in Australia. Some of the most common symptoms of lung cancer may include shortness of breath, coughing, chest pain and loss of appetite. The most common causes of lung cancer include second-hand smoke, tobacco smoke and family history.
Brain Tumours: Brain tumours are a form of brain cancer with almost 40 major types. The most common symptoms of a brain tumour include headaches, seizures, loss of balance and nausea. There are factors which can increase your risk of brain cancer including inherited and genetic conditions.
Treatment for cancer can be difficult. Side effects such as pain, fatigue and muscle weakness can be common. MetroRehab Hospital’s cancer rehabilitation programs can support you to optimise your physical and psychological wellbeing during and after cancer treatment. The programs are specifically designed for people with a primary diagnosis of cancer who are medically stable and physically able to participate.
Cancer Rehabilitation Inpatient Program
Our inpatient program offers a tailored rehabilitation program to suit your individual needs with the goal of improving your functional capacity and enhancing quality of life.
Under the care of a rehabilitation specialist, you will have full access to our nursing team, physiotherapy, hydrotherapy, occupational therapy, speech pathology, social work, dietitian and clinical psychologist.
MetroRehab Hospital offers state-of-the-art rehabilitation facilities and hydrotherapy pool. Our meals are cooked on site and a nutritional plan can be advised by our in-house dietitians. In this program you will receive an individualised treatment plan which sets your personalised goals for rehabilitation.
Inpatient Program Details
Cancer Rehabilitation Day Program
The cancer rehabilitation day program is a specialised six-week program dedicated to optimising your health and wellbeing during and after cancer treatments. Evidence supports that exercise, good nutrition and mindfulness can help manage the side eﬀects of cancer treatment. Our reconditioning program is centred on:
- Helping you maintain your ﬁtness, enhance movement and ﬂexibility, manage pain and fatigue
- Providing you with dietary education and advice
- Assisting you to develop tools and techniques to manage stress and anxiety
- Encouraging you to focus on your wellbeing
Our sessions are conducted in an environment where your experiences can be shared and supported. You will be encouraged to play an active role in your goal-based rehabilitation program in order to achieve the best outcome.
Day Program Details
To participate in our cancer rehabilitation programs, please discuss it with your oncology specialist, oncology team or general practitioner and obtain a written referral from them. Referrals can be completed online at www.metrorehab.com.au or downloaded and faxed to us on 02 9564 3064. Once we receive the referral, we will organise for one of our rehabilitation physicians or our rehabilitation co-ordinator to assess you. They will work with you to develop a tailored rehabilitation program to support your rehabilitation and recovery following your cancer diagnosis and treatment.
FEES & CHARGES:
MetroRehab Hospital has established contracts with all major health insurers and the Department of Veteran’s Affairs. In many cases the fee is covered by the health insurer, however you should check with your fund if you have any additional charges specific to your health policy. We also cater for full fee paying patients who do not have private health insurance.
For more information on our cancer rehabilitation programs, contact us on (02) 8585 4900.