As part of our continued commitment to provide the best possible care for our patients, Kim Marshall, PT, CLT in the Garden Grove office, has completed a comprehensive training course in oncology rehabilitation. She is one of the first physical therapists in California to have received the STAR Clinician Certification The STAR program is endorsed by the nation’s leading cancer centers.
The program focuses on the physical and emotional healing of cancer survivors. It was developed by Julie Silver, MD, an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Silver developed STAR Certification after going through cancer treatment herself and realizing that she desperately needed rehabilitation in order to return to her former level of function. She now says, “Survivorship services, including oncology rehabilitation, are imperative to cancer care. Every cancer survivor should be offered the opportunity to heal as well as possible and function at an optimal level whether their cancer is cured, in remission or they live with cancer as a chronic disease.”
Virtually all patients expect fatigue from cancer therapy. Up to 90% of patients treated with radiation and up to 80% of those treated with chemotherapy experience fatigue. CRF (cancer related fatigue) continues for months and even years following completion of treatment in approximately one third of the patients with cancer. –Hofman M, Ryan JL, Figueroa-Moseley CD, et al. Cancer-related fatigue: the scale of the problem. Oncologist 2007:12 Suppl 1:4-10.
The good news is that research and scientific evidence is showing how a supervised physical therapy program can lessen fatigue and improve quality of life.