Oncology Rehabilitation Group Program, St Vincent’s Hospital

Information for cancer survivors and carers.p1020475

What is oncology rehabilitation?

Cancer treatment can take a toll on you and your family, friends and carers and can affect your body, mind an emotions. Sometimes, it may feel like you will never be able to do things you once enjoyed or took for granted.

St Vincent’s Oncology Rehabilitation Program can help. We offer a program that is specially designed for cancer survivors and their carers. We will help you build strength, stamina and confidence so you can get back to doing what you enjoy.

Who is it for?

The program is for:

  • Cancer survivors, people who have finished active cancer treatment, or are living with cancer and their carers.
  • Cancer survivors who are able to  participate in an exercise program
  • Cancer patients who wish to regain their independence
  • People who live the cities of Boorondara, Melbourne, Yarra or Darebin or are willing to travel to our Kew Community Rehabilitation Centre for the group Program.

What does it involve?

For cancer survivors

There are two 1-hour exercise sessions a week, for eight weeks

Every week there is a 1-hour information session about cancer specific topics, presented by various allied health professionals

Tuesday 11-12pm

Exercise

Friday 10-12pm

information session and exercise session

For carers

For carers, there are cancer support sessions covering a range of topics

How will help me?

There are many benefits for cancer survivors who are physically active. These may include:

  • feeling stronger
  • having more energy and feeling less tired
  • reduced anxiety and depression
  • sleeping better

Who runs the program?

The program is run by a range of skilled health professionals including a physiotherapist, occupational therapist, dietician, social work and psychologist.

A great team to support you.

How much does it cost?

There is a small cost for our service. We will talk to you about this at your first appointment. In cases of financial hardship special arrangements can be negotiated.

How can I find out more?

  • Call the Intake unit on 9231 2324
  • Speak to your GP or oncologist about a referral to this program. Medical referrals can be faxed to 9231 8661

Where is it located?

Kew Community Rehabilitation Centre

St Georges’s Health Service

283 Cotham Road, Kew Vic 3101

referral: St Vincent’s Hospital, www.svhm.org.au

This is dedicated to a dear friend who passed away from cancer: Patricia Trippett

 

 

 

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