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Cancer Rehabilitation: tools for survivorship

In 2012, the Institute of Medicine estimated there were just under 14 million cancer survivors in the United States alone. This number is growing annually due to advances in treatment and the aging population. Survivors are all around us. They are family, friends and neighbors. You may be one yourself.

People often think of surviving cancer as the end to a story, the equivalent of a fairytale's, "...and they lived happily ever after." But for many, surviving cancer is just the first step in a long journey of emotional, physical, and social recovery. Beating cancer is not the final page of a survivor's story...surviving is just the beginning.

The lingering effects of cancer can sometimes become an afterthought. Perhaps they show up 5 or even 10 years after treatment. Or perhaps the deficits a survivor faces are thought of as too minor to bother with. A survivor may think they are doing "good enough." At Gunnison Valley Health we believe "good enough" isn't good enough.

What is cancer rehabilitation?

With Gunnison Valley Health's cancer rehabilitation program, our experts and clinicians provide rehabilitation and training services to help with the physical and psychological deficits that up to 90% of cancer survivors face. We utilize extensive training, research, and resourcing that enables us to offer industry-leading survivorship treatment in our rural setting.

As a cancer survivor, we want you back to your life SOONER and STRONGER. Our rehabilitation and training is:

  • Interdisciplinary
  • Individualized
  • Enabling

What does rehabilitation and training look like for a cancer survivor?

Each case is unique and is addressed with a unique plan. An interdisciplinary team of therapists, physiatrists, counselors, nurses, dieticians, and others work together to address every aspect of a survivor's needs. Physical pain, fatigue, range of motion deficits, numbness, weakness, balance deficiencies, problems with memory, and behavioral health are some of the areas our program addresses. Many services may be covered by your insurance and we will assist you with identifying your insurance coverage for services.

At Gunnison Valley Health, we believe survivors can do more than just survive-with our cancer rehabilitation program, survivors can thrive.

Gunnison Valley Health Rehabilitation Services
711 North Taylor Street | Gunnison, CO 81230 | 970-641-7248

Gunnison Valley Health Cancer Treatment Services
711 North Taylor Street | Gunnison, CO 81230 | 970-642-4773