Cancer is a major illness. The consequences of the illness and its treatment can limit patients in their everyday activities. Common symptoms are fatigue, loss of constitution, anxiety, and uncertainty. The Netherlands Cancer Institute Rehabilitation Medicine department has developed oncological rehabilitation programs that can help patients navigate their symptoms and avoid or further limitations and limit their severity. You can enroll in one of these programs during or after your treatment. Patients receiving palliative care and for whom recovery is no longer an option can also enroll in oncological rehabilitation.
Type of rehabilitation
Once your practicing physician has referred you to us, your rehabilitation physician will discuss the most suitable rehabilitation plan with you. Your treatment may be centered around movement, psychosocial support and guidance, or a combination of the two. You can receive your therapy alone or in a group.
Several specialists will be involved in your rehabilitation, led by a rehabilitation specialist: social workers, psychologists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, spiritual counselors, dieticians, and art therapists.
Advice and guidance in dealing with illness, recovery, and regaining your health are central to the treatment. If desired, your partner can be involved in the treatment as well.