Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Following surgery for cancer,
comprehensive rehabilitation is critical

  • Occupational
  • Physical
  • Speech
  • Fatigue
  • Lymphedema

The goal
is to help you recover
normal physical functions
and return
to your everyday activities
at home and at work.

The Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Department at Fox Chase Cancer Center can help you.

Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapy helps you achieve your maximum level of independent living. Occupational therapists work with you to overcome difficulty with fatigue, physical movement and home living skills. Treatment may include exercise, massage, managing stress, Activities of Daily Living (ADL) training, perceptual training and neurological development.

Physical Therapy

The goal of physical therapy is to help you recover normal physical functions and return to your everyday activities at home and at work. Education and independence are important components of every physical rehabilitation program to maximize your activity level and self-reliance.

Treatment may include exercise, Activities of Daily Living (ADL) training, task-oriented training and strategies to reduce fluid retention. Physical Therapy can also help improve fatigue you may experience during or after your cancer treatment.

Speech Therapy

The speech pathologists help you correct, compensate and re-learn speech after cancer surgery or complications. A comprehensive program for the evaluation and treatment of swallowing difficulties is also offered. Preoperative education and counseling is provided for patients who undergo surgery for cancers of the head and neck.

The Speech Therapy program includes treatment for dysphagia, trismus, voice therapy and post-laryngectomy speech rehabilitation (i.e. artificial larynx, standard esophageal speech and tracheoesophageal speech).
Read more about the Speech Therapy Program »

Lymphedema Therapy

Fox Chase Cancer Center's Lymphedema Treatment Program uses complete decongestive physiotherapy (CDP), a European program that has been used successfully to treat lymphedema patients since the 1980s.

Preventive care to avoid lymphedema and early treatment if swelling starts to occur are extremely important. Left untreated, lymphedema may lead to infections, numbness in the affected limb, inability to move joints, hardening of connective tissue and discomfort or pain.
Read more about the Lymphedema Treatment Program »

Fatigue, or feeling tired, is a common side effect of cancer treatments.

For many people,
fatigue goes away when treatments are over.
For others, it lasts longer.

Fox Chase has a program to help with fatigue using both exercise and mindfulness.

The program also includes advice on diet and lifestyle that can assist with improving fatigue.
Read more about the
Cancer Fatigue Program »

Controlling Pain

There is no reason for patients to live with uncontrolled pain.

Fox Chase Cancer Center physiatrists work closely with the rest of your head and neck cancer treatment team and if needed, Fox Chase's Pain and Palliative Care Program and social work services. Their goal is to ensure you have adequate pain control and emotional support. With good follow-up and the wide range of techniques available at Fox Chase, there is no reason for patients to live with uncontrolled pain.

Read more about
Palliative Care » or Social Work Services »

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Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

The goal is to help you recover normal physical functions and return to your everyday activities at home and at work.
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Staff

Gilbert Lafontant, MD,
Director, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Physiatrist

Speech Pathology
Barbara M. Ebersole, MA, CCC-SLP
Manager, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation,
Senior Speech Pathologist
Kathleen Moran, MS, CCC-SLP
Ashley Morgan, MA, CCC-SLP

Physical Therapy:
Jenna Balaicius, DPT, CLT-LANA
Jeannie Kozempel, MS, DPT
Janice Buhler, MS, DPT, OCS, CLT-LANA
Tanya Buck, MS, PT
Dave DiGiovanni, DPT
Maryanne McDevitt, BS, PT

Occupational Therapy
Wilma Morgan-Hazelwood, BS, OTR/L,CLT-LANA
Sarah Snellbaker, MS, OTR/L
Laura Teitell, OTR/L

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