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St. David's Rehabilitation Launches Cancer Rehab Program

5/10/2012 6:33:52 AM

St. David’s Oncology Rehabilitation Program Designed to Assist
Cancer Patients, Providing Access to Tailored Rehab Programs
AUSTIN, Texas—St. David’s Rehabilitation Hospital recently launched a new oncology rehabilitation program, which includes inpatient and outpatient cancer programs, providing patients with access to physicians who specialize in rehabilitative care, nurses and therapists who tailor a rehabilitation program to meet patients’ specific needs. The program ensures patients have immediate access to cancer resources, technologies and treatments.

“Our approach to oncology rehabilitation is unique because we do not use a one-size-fits-all philosophy,” Everett Heinze, medical director at St. David’s Rehabilitation Hospital, said. “But whether someone has experienced mild, moderate or severe effects of cancer, our goals are the same—helping the patient return to his or her family, easing pain, promoting mobility and function, and advocating for a productive future.”

The St. David’s Oncology Rehabilitation Program is dedicated to treating patients with a wide range of short- and long-term impairments that may result from cancer, such as weakness, fatigue and the loss of physical or cognitive function—including the ability to walk, speak or think clearly. The program also treats patients with lymphedema—a common condition in which fluid builds up in the tissues, causing swelling in the arms, legs, face, neck, abdomen or trunk—incontinence, cardiorespiratory deficiency, chemotherapy-induced neuropathy, debility, dysphagia, premature bone loss, sarcoidosis, sarcopenia and steriod myophathy.

“Treating the cancer itself is only part of the challenge of caring for patients with cancer,” Mark Burnett, M.D., neurosurgeon and executive medical director at St. David’s Neuroscience & Spine Institute at St. David’s HealthCare, said. “Without adequate post-procedure treatment, patients often struggle through the remainder of their recovery. This program will help identify additional medical needs and treat them appropriately.”

A recent study by Macmillan Cancer Support revealed physical activity can reduce the side effects of cancer treatment, underscoring the importance of exercise in cancer patients. It found physical activity after cancer treatment can reduce the impact of some debilitating side effects, such as swelling around the arm, anxiety, depression, fatigue, impaired mobility and weight changes. The study also suggested that comprehensive rehabilitation cancer services include physical therapy to encourage and recommend appropriate levels of activity.

The St. David’s Oncology Rehabilitation Program is lead by board-certified rehabilitation physicians and nurses and provides a full continuum of rehabilitative care, including:
  • Physical therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Speech and language therapy
  • Psychology
  • Clinical social work
  • Case Management
  • Recreation therapy
  • Nutritional counseling
  • Prosthetic training
  • Spiritual support
  • Community support group
After patients complete therapy, the St. David’s Oncology Rehabilitation Program offers resources to help them continue their progress through individual consultations and lifetime support, including local support groups. The Brain Tumor Support Group at St. David’s Rehabilitation Hospital is affiliated with St. David’s Neuroscience & Spine Institute at St. David’s HealthCare and the National Brain Tumor Foundation, and it seeks to provide a refuge of support and information for brain tumor patients and/or their families.

For more information, contact St. David’s Rehabilitation Hospital at (512) 544-8993, or visit

St. David’s Rehabilitation
St. David’s Rehabilitation, including its flagship hospital located at 1005 East 32nd Street, is part of St. David’s HealthCare—one of the largest health systems in Texas, which was recognized as one of the top 15 health systems in the U.S. by Thomson Reuters in January 2012. St. David's Rehabilitation Hospital features private rooms, state-of-the-art technology and the largest rehab pool in the market to support the most comprehensive aquatic therapy program in the region. All St. David’s Rehabilitation facilities provide comprehensive rehabilitative care for patients with neurological conditions, including stroke, and orthopedic illnesses or injuries. St. David's Rehabilitation also features three satellite facilities located at St. David's North Austin Medical Center, St. David's Round Rock Medical Center and St. David's Georgetown Hospital. For more information, please visit

St. David’s Medical Center
St. David’s Medical Center is part of St. David’s HealthCare, one of the largest health systems in Texas, which was recognized in January 2012 as one of the top 15 health systems in the U.S. by Thomson Reuters, a leading provider of information and solutions to improve the cost and quality of healthcare. Founded in 1924, St. David’s Medical Center is a full-service medical center offering comprehensive medical care at three locations—St. David’s Medical Center, located at 919 East 32nd Street in Austin; Heart Hospital of Austin, located at 3801 North Lamar Blvd.; and St. David’s Georgetown Hospital, located in Georgetown at 2000 Scenic Drive. The three campuses offer a full range of medical specialties, as well as many other innovative health care services.

St. David’s Medical Center in central Austin includes a 350-bed acute care hospital and a freestanding, 64-bed rehabilitation hospital providing comprehensive inpatient and outpatient care. St. David’s Medical Center provides a complete range of women’s services, including its acclaimed maternity unit, maternal fetal medicine, a high-risk maternal and neonatal transport team, the region’s largest and most sophisticated Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, The Breast Center, and a fertility center; is home to the internationally acclaimed Texas Cardiac Arrhythmia Institute; St. David’s Neuroscience & Spine Institute (including the TIA Center for Stroke Prevention and designation as a Primary Stroke Center); complex surgical services; a comprehensive Bariatric Surgery Center; and a 24-hour emergency department.

Thomson Reuters named St. David’s Medical Center to the list of 100 Top Hospitals in 2010, 2011 and 2012. For more information, please visit

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