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Rehabilitation Services for Childhood Cancer

During cancer treatment and recovery, patients may need help with different aspects of functioning. Health professionals who specialize in rehabilitation can help children improve skills and abilities to promote independence in daily living and quality of life.

Rehabilitation therapy can assist in a variety of ways including:

  • Improve strength, balance, coordination, and mobility
  • Help with self-care, activities of daily living, and work skills
  • Evaluate developmental milestones and address delays
  • Assess and help with hearing, vision, speech, and communication
  • Identify equipment and assistive device needs such as wheelchairs, walkers, orthotics, and braces

Specialty areas in rehabilitation include:

Picture of a rehabilitation services facility in a pediatric hospital

Rehabilitation therapies can help improve function and quality of life for children with cancer.

Rehabilitation professionals often coordinate services with other health care providers in nutrition, psychology, social work, spiritual care, school services, and child life.

Many hospitals and treatment centers offer rehabilitation services in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Rehabilitation specialists are also available in the local community through hospitals, clinics, and schools. Care teams can help patients and families identify services that meet their specific needs.

Reviewed: June 2018