What is occupational therapy?
Cancer and the processes used to treat cancer can have a harsh effect on the body that compromises a patient's quality of life. Occupational therapy is a type of rehabilitation that aims to help improve patients' physical and psychological function in everyday life.
Cancer, and cancer treatments, can affect a patient's ability to perform daily tasks that are often considered routine. Occupational therapy can help restore those abilities and make modifications to improve quality of life.
Occupational therapy often consists of exercise programs to improve strength, endurance and mobility. In addition, occupational therapists can suggest modifications to activities and the living environment to make tasks easier. Some goals of occupational therapy include:
- Energy conservation
- Task simplification
The occupational therapy team at Baptist Cancer Center works closely with each patient and physician to design an individualized treatment program with a focus on improving function and optimizing independence.
Who can benefit from occupational therapy?
Your physician may recommend occupational therapy during or after cancer treatment. You may benefit from occupational therapy if you are experiencing any of the following issues:
- Difficulty with self-care (dressing, bathing, grooming)
- Arm/hand range of motion deficits
- Difficulty with fine motor tasks
- Arm/hand weakness
- Fatigue during daily activities
If you're experiencing any of the conditions listed above as a result of cancer or cancer treatment, talk to your doctor about occupational therapy at Baptist Cancer Center.