For Immediate Release: April 1, 2015
Eric Cardin, SCPT Executive Director, 508-389-9912
WESTBOROUGH _ National organizations such as the Commission on Cancer recognize that rehabilitation is a necessary part of recovery from cancer and cancer treatments. Many cancer survivors find that there is a diminished quality of life, a lack of mobility, and overall tiredness and pain after cancer treatments. According to data from the National Health Interview Survey, through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately one in four cancer survivors have a decreased quality of life due to physical problems and one in 10 due to emotional problems.
“No one should have to live in pain and discomfort after they have gone through such a difficult time,” said Executive Director Eric Cardin, of South County Physical Therapy, Inc. (SCPT).
SCPT offers specialized physical therapy for oncology rehabilitation and lymphedema (localized fluid retention and swelling often caused by radiation therapy, tumors, or surgery) designed to help cancer survivors increase their current standard of living.
“After cancer treatments, cancer survivors believe they will feel much better; however, oftentimes that is not the case,” Cardin said. “Many have a loss of joint motion, weakness in the extremities, fatigue, scar tissue, pain, and lymphedema.”
SCPT therapists assist cancer patients and survivors by customizing individualized programs to help patients maximize the quality of their lives. Through a support system of massage therapists, patient advocates, support groups, educational outlets, and other supportive care, SCPT’s oncology rehabilitation program addresses post-cancer concerns. SCPT has also developed a unique partnership with Westborough Tennis and Swim Club (WTSC) to help patients transition to independent exercise to further aid their recovery.
Karen Horowitz, of Framingham, understands first-hand how effective physical therapy can be to help increase a person’s quality of life. As a two-time breast cancer survivor, Horowitz has been battling the affects of lymphedema for the last 11 years.
“Eleven years ago, there was little knowledge about lymphedema,” Horowitz said.
Through a chance meeting at a conference, Horowitz met a SCPT staff member. Because of that meeting, she began seeing SCPT’s physical therapists. Initially, she was treated two to three times a week. With consistent physical therapy, she has been able to taper down to one visit per week.
“If it not for the physical therapists at South County Physical Therapy, Inc., I wouldn’t be very mobile. My mobility is getting much better,” Horowitz said. “I had reconstructive surgery, and they took muscle from my back. It’s been a long road.”
She noted that after her surgeries, the doctors said she should “bounce right back.”
“But there was a lot of pain and mobility problems,” she said, adding,” South County Physical Therapy, Inc. has been able to keep my pain under control. This is a lifelong problem, and I needed to find a way to keep my pain and mobility in control.”
Each month from January through November, different forms of cancer are spotlighted nationally. These annual campaigns increase awareness of cancer through early detection, the research being done, education, and support services. April has been designated as Cancer Control Month.
The American Cancer Society, Inc. estimated a total of 1,665,540 new cancer cases in 2014, making it vital for cancer patients and survivors to find a way to continue to improve their quality of life.
“Doctors are much more aware of things like this (cancer rehabilitation programs) than they were years ago,” Horowitz said. “There’s a big need for this type of therapy, and for people to be aware of what’s out there. It took me a long time to find out. I have sent a lot of people to South County Physical Therapy, Inc., ranging from members of my support group to my neighbor.”
For 30 years, South County Physical Therapy, Inc. has been dedicated to providing its patients with quality, personalized rehabilitative care in an environment that is safe, comfortable and compassionate. As a privately owned company, the organization has given back to numerous charitable organizations in the communities it serves, and seeks to make a difference in promoting wellness and health awareness. For more information, visit www.southcountypt.com.
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