AAMC's cancer rehabilitation program provides comprehensive services that start when you are first diagnosed with cancer and continue through treatment and beyond. Our rehabilitation services include prehabilitation or services provided after diagnosis and before treatment begins. This approach helps decrease the adverse effects of cancer treatments, increase the cancer treatment options and improve physical and psychological health. We received certification as a STAR® (Survivorship Training and Rehabilitation Program for the comprehensive care we provide for cancer rehabilitation.
Our nurse navigators coordinate your care with medical, surgical and radiation oncologists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech language pathologists, social workers and nutritionists. Your entire care team is working with the same care plan, a plan tailored to help you achieve your health goals.
All of the services integrated in your rehabilitation plan, including physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, mental health counseling, and consultations with rehabilitation medicine physicians (physiatrists), are typically covered by health insurance.
Our Cancer Rehabilitation program is certified as a STAR Programby Massachusetts-based Oncology Rehab Partners, leading experts in the field of survivorship care. STAR Program Certification provides healthcare facilities and clinicians with the tools to develop and deliver cancer rehabilitation services to survivors who suffer the side effects and after effects of treatments—whether they are in remission, living with cancer or cured.
In recent years, there has been much talk about creating survivorship as a distinct phase of cancer care and providing each patient with a survivorship care plan. At Anne Arundel Medical Center we are committed to offering the best available survivorship services. This is why we have implemented the STAR Program® that includes training our staff in the latest oncology rehab care and implementing research based protocols that have been proven to help cancer survivors optimally heal and function.
We are uniquely qualified to offer premium oncology rehabilitation services to cancer survivors undergoing treatment or living with its aftermath. Our program has been created to help survivors physically and emotionally heal from the side-effects of treatments. We provide our patients with the most comprehensive rehabilitation care available and all of our services are reimbursable by health insurance providers. Having access to world-class follow up care, without added medical costs, will allow survivors to regain their health and get their lives back on track.
A cancer diagnosis can be traumatic, and so can life-saving treatments. Chemotherapy, radiation therapy and surgery can harm health and cause serious medical problems that interfere with daily function and well-being. Survivors are commonly plagued with symptoms such as fatigue, weakness, insomnia, memory loss, fear, anxiety and depression Anne Arundel Medical Center STAR Program offers important physical and psychological rehabilitation to survivors so they can recover more quickly and more completely than they would otherwise. Feeling well and being able to resume normal day-to-day activities is essential to enjoying a good quality of life for survivors and their families.
We serve all survivors in need, whether they are beginning treatment, finished with treatment, or experiencing late effects or unresolved issues from long-ago treatment. Our program is open to everyone no matter the prognosis, cancer stage or phase of recovery. Newly diagnosed patients may want to increase their strength and endurance and prevent future medical problems; survivors living with cancer as a chronic disease may come to us for help managing treatment-related conditions; and individuals who are cured or in remission may enroll in our program with the goal of boosting their immune systems so that they can heal as well as possible.
Rather than using a "problem-oriented" approach and tackle each health issue as it arises, we address the full spectrum of post-cancer care. When evaluating a patient, in addition to focusing on his or her health conditions and symptoms, we take into consideration: diet, sleep issues, existing pain, endurance, strength, exercise habits and emotional outlook. All of these factors have an important effect on physical healing.