Cancer Rehabilitation - Touro Infirmary
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Cancer Rehabilitation in New Orleans

Helping you move on after cancer treatment

Cancer rehabilitation is a program for people who have undergone treatment for cancer and is designed to help patients return to activities of daily living. People who have survived cancer may have physical, emotional, and social issues that affect their quality of life, no matter what kind of cancer they have been treated for. Cancer rehabilitation programs can often improve function, reduce pain, and improve the well-being of cancer survivors.

Cancer rehabilitation is designed to meet the needs of the individual patient, depending on the specific type of cancer and treatment they had. Active involvement of the patient and family is vital to the success of the program.

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The goal of cancer rehabilitation is to help patients return to the highest level of function and independence possible while improving the overall quality of life physically, emotionally, and socially.

These goals are often met by:

  • Managing pain
  • Improving bowel and bladder function
  • Improving nutritional status
  • Improving physical conditioning, endurance, and exercise performance
  • Improving social, cognitive, emotional, and vocational status
  • Reducing hospitalizations

Touro Rehabilitation Center provides cancer survivors with several options for rehabilitation depending on their needs and conditions.

The cancer rehabilitation program at Touro

The side effects, or after effects, of cancer treatment can be hard on the mind and body and often outlast the cancer itself. Many survivors accept symptoms – like fatigue, difficulty with memory or concentration, muscle pain, limb swelling, weakness, balance problems, swallowing or speech issues – and learn to live with them, but cancer rehabilitation can help. The Cancer Rehabilitation Program is just one more way that Touro is working to provide you with the highest quality care when you need it, whether that’s before, during, or after cancer treatment.

Lymphedema treatment

Whenever the normal drainage pattern in the lymph nodes is disturbed or damaged (as often happens during surgery to remove the lymph nodes), severe swelling of the arm may occur. Radiation may also damage lymph nodes and cause swelling of the arm. This swelling, caused by an abnormal collection of too much fluid, is called lymphedema. The swelling can be noticed in the arm, chest, and breast area on the side of surgery.

When the lymph nodes under the arm have been removed during a mastectomy, a woman is at higher risk of lymphedema, severe swelling in the arm, for the rest of her life. Lymphedema may occur immediately following surgery, or months or years later. Not every woman who has a mastectomy will experience lymphedema. Men are also at risk for lymphedema, usually affecting their legs and arms.

Touro Rehabilitation Center offers a comprehensive lymphedema treatment program where patients will be able to work with an occupational therapist in an outpatient setting.

Anodyne Therapy

Touro's Cancer Rehab program is the only hospital in Louisiana to offer Anodyne Therapy. Anodyne delivers a unique pattern of a special wavelength of photoenergy (light) that is able to stimulate your body to increase local blood circulation(delivering necessary oxygen and essential nutrients) to provide relief of pain, numbness, and pins and needles due to side effects of chemo-induced neuropathy. Patients that have received anodyne therapy report an increase in daily life activities and improved quality of life. Learn more.


A physician referral for Occupational Therapy Lymphedema is needed before therapy can begin. For additional information on referring a patient to our lymphedema treatment program, please call the Cancer Rehabilitation Center at Touro at 504.897.7827.


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