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FEATURE

GETTING
YOUR
BODY FIT
after
cancer
BY HAROLD MILLMAN, DPT, OCS, STAR/C,
AND BRIGID GALLAGHER, DPT, STAR/C
Bethlehem Rehabilitation Specialists,
A Service of Good Shepherd
Rehabilitation Hospital

24 Lehigh County Health & Medicine | SUMMER 2018

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pproximately 1,735,000 new cases of cancer will be diagnosed in the United
States in 2018 alone, with 38 percent of Americans diagnosed at some point
during their lifetime. The good news is that with advances in medicine,
cancer death rates have been declining since the early 1990s.

While more people are beating their disease, some are left with side effects from
the very treatments, surgeries and procedures that saved them. In fact, nearly 75
percent of cancer survivors experience cancer-related fatigue and are impacted by
significant disabilities and difficulties in their day-to-day lives that impact quality
of life, including:
CANCER-RELATED FATIGUE
PERIPHERAL NEUROPATHY (NERVE PAIN)
"CHEMO BRAIN" AND OTHER MEMORY OR COGNITIVE DIFFICULTIES
PAIN
DECREASED RANGE OF MOTION AND MUSCLE STRENGTH
CARDIAC AND PULMONARY DEFICITS
LYMPHEDEMA (SWELLING)
Bethlehem Rehabilitation Specialists, A Service of Good Shepherd Rehabilitation
Hospital, has been treating cancer survivors since 2005. We have incorporated cancer
rehabilitation into our physical therapy practice and completed a nationally recognized
cancer rehabilitation training program to become certified STAR (Survivorship
Training and Rehabilitation) clinicians.
In treating cancer patients, the highest priority is helping them understand that they
do not simply have to accept residual side effects as the "new normal." Many believe



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