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Oncologic Rehabilitation

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The NRH Oncologic Rehabilitation
Program is designed to provide reconditioning and
functional restoration/adaptation to those who have
experienced acute disability in the course of
treatment for cancer. The emphasis of our program is
upon addressing the functional consequences of
surgery, chemotherapy and or radiation as well as
losses of function attributable directly to the
disease process.

Oncology Program Goals

  • To increase patient’s level
    of functioning, increasing the quality of
    life through the use of an interdisciplinary
    team headed by the staff physiatrist.
  • To teach patient/family the
    necessary skills to increase the patient’s
    independence in home, work, and leisure
  • To control patient’s level of
    pain through use of education, physical
    comfort measures, medication, and
    psychological techniques as indicated.
  • To provide support to both
    patient and family in dealing with their
    illness and any life changes.
  • To develop a discharge plan
    that best suits the patient/family needs.

Program Features

  • Interdisciplinary Treatment
  • Occurs under the direction of a
    staff Physiatrist.
  • Comprehensive Pain
  • With access to services of
    in-house specialty pain management service.
  • Coordination of Rehab with
    Ongoing Cancer Treatment

Most ongoing chemotherapy is
arranged with the referring facility. Radiation
therapy can be arranged with the referring facility.
If desired, such therapies can also take place at the
very nearby Cancer Center at Holy Family Hospital and
Medical Center in Methuen, MA (aproximately 10
minutes away).

Team Conferences

Team conferences will be held upon
admission and at least every other week until the
patient is discharged. The patient’s progress,
changes in the program or goals, equipment needs,
discharge needs and any other problems will be
discussed at this time. A team conference report will
be typed and sent out to referring physicians and
referring facility.

Prosthetic Clinic

Each week a Prosthetic Clinic is
held at Northeast Rehab Hospital. The Clinic Team
includes a physiatrist, certified prosthetist,
physical and occupational therapist and clinic
coordinator. Inpatients and outpatients are evaluated
for the appropriate prosthetic device and are seen
for follow-up appointments to monitor changes and
progress with the prosthesis.

Oncology Support Group

The Oncology Support Group is held
each week for all inpatient Oncology patients. The
Support Group is co-facilitated by a rehabilitation
nurse and a psychologist who assist in helping the
patients cope with the diagnosis and limitations. The
group also encourages peer support among the patients
and family members.

Preparation for Community

As the patient progresses in
his/her level of function, becoming more independent,
community out-trips will be scheduled with
professional staff to gradually reduce structure and
promote patient integration in the community. In
addition, more therapeutic day passes and one
overnight pass will be scheduled prior to discharge.
For patients who will be dependent in some areas of
care or mobility upon discharge, family members or
others will be encouraged to participate more
frequently in patient care and treatment if possible.

Appropriate DRG’s for Oncology Program Referral

  • 239 Pathological fracture and
    musculoskeletal connective tissue malignancy
  • 274/275 Malignant breast disease
  • 346 Malignancy, male reproductive
  • 366 Malignancy, female
    reproductive system
  • 401/402 Lymphoma/non-acute
    leukemia with operating room procedure
  • 403/404 Lymphoma/non-acute
  • 407 Radiotherapy
  • 410 Chemotherapy

For more information or if
you have questions about the Oncology Program, please
call the Oncology Program Director or call a Liaison
Nurse at (603) 893-2900 extension 416.