We are committed to bringing you the highest level of survivorship services
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 Touro Infirmary we are committed to offering the best available survivorship services. This is why we have implemented the STAR Program® that included 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 offer comprehensive care that is covered by most health insurances
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 most health insurance providers should cover all of our services. Having access to high quality follow up care, without added medical costs, will allow survivors to regain their health and get their lives back on track.
We are committed to helping you reach optimal recovery
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. The Touro 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.
Our highly trained medical staff awaits you
Our rehabilitation care, based on conventional medicine, is offered to patients by a knowledgeable and sensitive medical staff, specially trained to treat survivors of all forms of cancer. They are medical experts at the top of their fields and comprise a variety of disciplines:
When evaluating your needs we look at the “big picture”
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.
We offer you a personalized rehab plan with an interdisciplinary approach
After undergoing a thorough evaluation by a physician, a “team” of medical specialists is assigned to each patient according to his or her individual needs. The healthcare “team” creates a personalized rehabilitation plan, with the goals of increasing strength and energy, alleviating pain, improving physical functioning, achieving emotional balance and boosting the immune system. Each team member provides his or her expert medical guidance, training, encouragement and support, for the duration of the program.
We are proud to be STAR Program® Certified
We received our STAR Program Certification from Massachusetts-based Oncology Rehab Partners (ORP), whose unparalleled development, training and support products in oncology rehabilitation give healthcare facilities the capacity to offer quality survivorship care to their patients. Touro's STAR Program successfully executed Oncology Rehab Partners’ evaluation and treatment procedures, and our medical staff underwent rigorous rehabilitation training by oncology experts.
Cancer Rehabilitation at Touro Frequently Asked Questions
Cancer treatments can be very toxic and may cause you significant pain, fatigue and disability. Through the STAR Program®, our goal is to minimize these effects and to encourage you to have the best quality of life possible. Below are some frequently asked questions to help you learn more about cancer rehabilitation at Touro Infirmary.
1. What is the STAR Program?
The STAR Program (Survivorship Training and Rehabilitation) is a nationally recognized cancer survivorship certification that is focused on improving the lives of survivors who suffer from the side-effects caused by treatments. The STAR Program provides you with coordinated cancer rehabilitation supported by a team of specially trained STAR Certified™ clinicians and providers. As a STAR Program patient, you will receive individualized, comprehensive cancer rehabilitation treatment to improve the symptoms affecting your daily functioning and quality of life.
2. What is cancer rehabilitation?
Cancer rehabilitation is very similar to other forms of rehabilitation after a serious illness or injury. Services should include consultations with appropriate board-certified or licensed clinicians in rehabilitation medicine, including physiatrists (doctors who specialize in rehabilitation medicine), rehabilitation nurses, and physical, occupational, and speech therapists.
3. What impairments can be addressed through cancer rehabilitation?
Rehabilitation professionals can help you with a wide variety of treatment-related conditions and their symptoms, including pain, weakness, fatigue, shoulder problems, balance and gait problems, memory and concentration issues, swallowing and speech problems and lymphedema.
4. Am I candidate for cancer rehabilitation?
If you have any problems that you didn’t have before your diagnosis, especially if they interfere with your ability to function or quality of life, you are a candidate for cancer rehabilitation.
5. Will my insurance cover cancer rehabilitation?
Most insurance providers should cover costs if professionals with healthcare degrees and licenses in rehabilitation medicine offer therehabilitation program. These include physiatrists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, and even speech therapists. Other team members’ services that your insurance will usually cover (if care is delivered in a healthcare setting) include nursing and mental health. As with all insurance issues, check with your carrier about deductibles and co-pays.
6. How can I receive more information about Touro’s cancer rehabilitation program?
For appointments or additional information, call Touro at (504) 897-7827. A provider referral is needed before therapies can begin.