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Cancer Rehabilitation: Helping Patients Feel Better

ValleyCare Health System has launched a new program for cancer survivors that can help them feel better and improve their quality of life during and after cancer treatment. By providing the best, most personalized care possible, ValleyCare always strives to assist our patients in their quest for wellness. Because of this strong commitment, we have teamed up with Oncology Rehab Partners to bring the STAR (Survivorship Training and Rehabilitation) Program® to ValleyCare and our community.

The STAR Program is a nationally recognized cancer survivorship program that focuses on helping patients feel well both physically and emotionally. Utilizing an interdisciplinary approach, caregivers from different specialties team up to help patients increase strength and energy, alleviate pain and improve daily function and well-being.

"Cancer treatment can be quite toxic, often causing significant pain, fatigue and disability for patients," says Joe Carlucci, executive director of ambulatory services and director of this program. "Our goal is to minimize the side effects of cancer treatment and to help our patients have the best quality of life possible."

Star Program at ValleyCare

The STAR Program further enhances the variety of cancer support services already available at ValleyCare by including physical, occupational and speech therapies, targeted exercise, pain management, gait and balance training, and emotional support.

Clinical staff have undergone extensive training in oncology rehabilitation to further develop their expertise in the area of cancer care and have become STAR Program certified. Certification includes protocols that allow hospital teams to provide optimal care, as well as track outcomes.

In addition, most cancer rehabilitation services in the STAR Program are reimbursed by health insurance providers. Check your insurance plan for specific benefits.

Program Information

STAR Program rehabilitation services are offered on an outpatient basis in the ValleyCare Dublin and Livermore facilities. Physician referral is required. For more information, please call 925.734.3313 or visit

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