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. Whether you’re newly diagnosed with cancer or long finished with treatment, we can help all survivors in need.
At ValleyCare, we are committed to offering the best survivorship services available. This is why we have implemented the STAR Program® (Survivorship Training and Rehabilitation) that includes training our staff in the latest oncology rehab care and implementing research based protocols that have been proven to help cancer survivors feel better and improve their quality of life.
A cancer diagnosis can be traumatic, and so can life-saving treatments. Chemotherapy, radiation therapy and surgery can cause pain, fatigue and disability for survivors. The STAR Program® has been created to help minimize these side effects and help cancer survivors feel well both physically and emotionally. Our goal is to encourage our patients to have the best quality of life possible.
The STAR Program® utilizes an interdisciplinary approach in which caregivers from different specialties team up to help patients increase strength and energy, alleviate pain, and improve daily function and well-being. The teams consists of:
- Physical therapists
- Occupational therapists
- Speech and swallowing therapists
- Registered dieticians and nutritionists
- Mental health professionals
When evaluating a patient, we take into consideration his or her health conditions as well as diet, sleep issues, existing pain, endurance, strength, exercise habits and emotional outlook. All of these factors are important for physical healing. After the evaluation, the health care team creates a personalized rehabilitation plan with the goals of increasing strength and energy, reducing pain, improving physical functioning, achieving emotional balance and boosting the immune system.
LifeStyleRx's Cancer Survivorship Wellness Program is a component of the STAR Program® and is designed to help patients become more independent and help find ways to manage side effects and recovery from cancer treatment.
For more information on LifeStyleRx's Cancer Survivorship Wellness Program, click here.
STAR Program® Certified
We received our STAR Program® Certification from Massachusetts-based Oncology Rehab Partners (ORP), whose development, training and support in oncology rehabilitation give health care facilities the capacity to offer quality survivorship care to their patients. We offer comprehensive care that is covered by health insurance.