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Published on July 15, 2013

Physical therapy after chemotherapy

Mercy Home Health physical therapists help patients get their strength back.

strengthFatigue. Disrupted sleep. Nausea. The side effects of chemotherapy and radiation are varied, but Mercy Home Health therapists are here to help cancer patients feel better, and get stronger every day.

The Home Health therapists provide individualized, at-home education and exercise aimed at helping patients regain strength and have more energy.

“One of our main areas of focus is energy conservation,” says Sarah Corcoran, a Mercy Home Health occupational therapist. “This can include helping patients set priorities, plan their activities for times of peak energy, and pace their activities. We also teach breathing techniques and how to position yourself and your environment to more easily accomplish personal goals.”

Guided by patient needs, Mercy’s physical, occupational and speech therapists develop a personalized program for each individual.

Therapists regularly communicate with the patient’s physician to ensure that every aspect of therapy is appropriate and beneficial.

“In addition to the physical and functional benefits of education and exercise, at-home therapy empowers patients to take an active role in their cancer treatment and promotes a better quality of life,” says Corcoran.

Get Your Strength Back. To learn more about Mercy Home Health’s physical therapy program, visit mercyhomehealth.org or call 1.888.690.2551.

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