Counseling & Support
Cancer rehabilitation can mean a better quality of life before, during and after treatment. If you sense that you are still feeling the effects of cancer treatment—whether it is a physical limitation, cognitive issue or fatigue—you may want to seek a referral to rehabilitation. CentraState offers both outpatient and inpatient rehabilitation services.
Both are equipped to handle cancer-related conditions; however our inpatient program is geared towards patients with more complex medical issues. Some of the rehabilitation services offered include:
- Physical and occupational therapy
- Aquatics programs
- Pain management
- Lymphedema management
- Cognitive programs
- Sound healing therapy
CentraState’s Lymphedema Program is one of only a few programs in New Jersey recognized by the National Lymphedema Network. A painful condition in which excess fluid collects in tissue and causes swelling, lymphedema may occur in the arm or leg after lymph vessels or lymph nodes in the underarm or groin are surgically removed or treated with radiation, as is the case in certain cancer treatments.
The program has completed more than 2,000 treatments since its inception in 1999. The program is staffed by specially trained, certified therapists who are members of the National Lymphedema Network. They design a personalized treatment plan for patients, which includes education about their condition.
Rehabilitation is offered though The OceanFirst Rehabilitation Center (outpatient) and The Manor Health and Rehabilitation (inpatient).
CentraState offers comprehensive rehabilitation for those patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disorders and other chronic lung conditions, as well as those recovering from lung surgery.
Pulmonary Rehabilitation is offered through CentraState’s Pulmonary Rehabilitation Department
Cancer Support Groups
At CentraState, there are several support groups to help cancer patients and their loved ones through the various stages of their journey:
- Breast Cancer Support Group
- Colorectal Cancer Self-Help Group
- Leukemia/Lymphoma Support Group
- Lymphedema Support Group
- Multiple Myeloma and Mylodysplasia Support Group
- Bladder Cancer Support Group
Palliative Care Physician and Nurses
Our palliative care physicians and nurses have special training in helping to improve the quality of life of cancer patients and their families. They provide comfort care for both the physical and emotional symptoms of cancer and its treatment. They help to prevent or relieve pain and other physical, emotional and/or spiritual distress that can accompany serious illness. They also coordinate services, drawing on a range of resources and professional expertise.
Social workers are available to offer patients and their families: consultation, emotional support, guidance, and help finding needed resources.
Our registered dieticians ensure that patients’ nutritional needs are being met by helping them to cope with appetite changes and digestion issues that may occur as a result of the cancer or treatment side effects. CentraState’s dieticians help patients find foods that they can tolerate but that also help them to stay strong and nourished. Your nutritionist will monitor how you are doing throughout treatment and adjust your dietary plan as needed.
Cancer Wellness Program
The Cancer Wellness Program at CentraState Fitness & Wellness Center provides supervised exercise, education and support throughout your personal journey.
Working with an exercise professional who may communicate with members of your current treatment team, you will participate in an exercise program appropriate for your diagnoses, treatments, and current status in your cancer journey.
The purpose and guiding principle of the Cancer Wellness Program is that you should remain as functional and independent as possible. Through the use of exercise integrated into your current care, you may maintain and/or improve your physical well-being, emotional well-being, and overall quality of life.
As changes occur in your health status, team members will adapt the program to meet your individual needs.
Potential benefits of exercise during treatment include:
- Decreased fatigue and increase energy
- Reduced depression
- Decrease of various side effects related to treatments
- Maintain muscle, heart, and lung health & function
Potential benefits of exercise post-treatment include:
- Improved physical function
- Management of chronic or late appearing side effects of treatment (fatigue, lymphedema, neuropathy, weight gain/loss, bone loss)
- Improved muscle, heart, and lung strength and function