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Cancer Survivor Rehabilitation: STAR Program®

Medically Advanced Cancer Rehabilitation

In recent years, survivorship has been identified as a distinct phase of cancer care. At ProMedica Cancer Institute, we agree. We recommend that every cancer survivor work with our Survivor Center to develop a unique survivorship care plan. This is also why we offer our cancer survivors STAR Program® rehabilitation services.

Chemotherapy, radiation therapy and surgery can harm health and cause serious medical problems that interfere with daily function and well-being. Survivors are commonly plagued with symptoms such as fatigue, weakness, insomnia, memory loss, fear, anxiety, and depression. STAR, which stands for Survivorship Training and Rehabilitation, addresses these issues through important physical and psychological rehabilitation to survivors so they can recover more quickly and more completely than they would otherwise. Our therapists are specially-trained and certified using research-based protocols that have been proven to help cancer survivors optimally heal and function. Feeling well and being able to resume normal day-to-day activities is essential to enjoying a good quality of life for survivors and their families.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I schedule my STAR cancer rehabilitation services?

Prior to beginning our cancer rehabilitation program, you will need to obtain a referral from your physician. This also helps provide documentation to your insurance company. Please talk to your physician about obtaining a referral to ProMedica’s STAR cancer rehabilitation services, or call a scheduling number below and one of our associates would be happy to facilitate the referral.

Physician referral form.

When to refer to cancer rehab guidelines.

STAR Program cancer rehabilitation is currently offered at the following ProMedica Total Rehab locations in southeast Michigan.

ProMedica Total Rehab
1136 Country Club Rd. Suite A, Adrian, Michigan
Scheduling number: 517-265-0293

ProMedica Total Rehab
210 S. Main St., Brooklyn, Michigan
Scheduling number: 517-592-8682

ProMedica Total Rehab
400 N. Main St., Suite B, Onsted, Michigan
Scheduling number: 517-467-4770

ProMedica Total Rehab
Herrick Hospital
500 E. Pottawatamie St., Tecumseh, Michigan
Scheduling number: 517-424-3239

Beginning January 13, 2014, ProMedica will offer STAR cancer rehabilitation at six additional ProMedica Total Rehab locations across northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan including:

ProMedica Total Rehab
Defiance Regional Hospital
1200 Ralston Ave., Defiance, Ohio
Scheduling number: 419-783-6943

ProMedica Total Rehab
Fostoria Community Hospital
Fostoria Shopping Plaza
610 Plaza Drive, Fostoria, Ohio
Scheduling number: 419-436-8320

ProMedica Total Rehab
St. Luke’s Hospital
5901 Monclova Rd., Maumee, Ohio
Scheduling number: 419 893-5957

ProMedica Total Rehab
Perrysburg Medical Center
1601 Brigham Drive, Perrysburg, Ohio
Scheduling number: 419 -872-7730

ProMedica Total Rehab
Flower Hospital
5150 Harroun Rd., Sylvania, Ohio
Scheduling number: 419 824-1968

ProMedica Total Rehab
Francis Family YMCA
2000 W. Dean Rd, Temperance, Michigan
Scheduling number: 734-850-0129

Is cancer rehabilitation covered by my health insurance?

Yes. STAR Program cancer rehabilitation services are reimbursable by health insurance providers. We are uniquely qualified to offer premium oncology rehabilitation services to cancer survivors undergoing treatment or living with its aftermath. Having access to world-class follow up care, without added medical costs, will allow you and other cancer survivors to regain your health and get your life back on track.

When should I start treatment?

We serve all survivors in need, whether they are beginning treatment, finished with treatment, or experiencing late effects or unresolved issues from long-ago treatment. Our cancer rehabilitation program is open to everyone no matter the prognosis, cancer stage or phase of recovery. Newly diagnosed patients may want to increase their strength and endurance and prevent future medical problems; survivors living with cancer as a chronic disease may come to us for help managing treatment-related conditions; and individuals who are cured or in remission may enroll in our program with the goal of boosting their immune systems so that they can heal as well as possible. Talk to your doctor about cancer rehabilitation to determine the best fit for your personal needs.

Who provides treatment?

Our rehabilitation care, based on conventional medicine, is offered to patients by a knowledgeable and sensitive medical staff, specially trained to treat survivors of all forms of cancer. They are medical experts at the top of their fields and comprise a variety of disciplines: • Physicians

• Physical therapists

• Occupational therapists

• Speech and swallowing therapists

• Registered dieticians and nutritionists

• Mental health professionals

How will you know what services I need?

After undergoing a thorough evaluation by a physician, a team of medical specialists will be assigned to each patient according to his or her individual needs. The healthcare team creates a personalized rehabilitation plan, with the goals of increasing strength and energy, alleviating pain, improving physical functioning, achieving emotional balance and boosting the immune system. Each team member provides his or her expert medical guidance, training, encouragement and support, for the duration of the program.

Rather than using a “problem-oriented” approach and tackle each health issue as it arises, we address the full spectrum of post-cancer care. When evaluating a patient, in addition to focusing on his or her health conditions and symptoms, we take into consideration: diet, sleep issues, existing pain, endurance, strength, exercise habits and emotional outlook. All of these factors have an important effect on physical healing.

How should I prepare for my first visit?

When you come to your first STAR appointment, please bring your insurance card, any medical history information, a list of your current medications and dosages, and your physician referral if your doctor office did not send it directly to your rehab site. For all appointments, please wear comfortable clothing and comfortable walking shoes. You will be asked to do some physical activity and will need to be able to walk and move comfortably.

Is this program certified?

ProMedica received STAR Program Certification from Massachusetts-based Oncology Rehab Partners, whose unparalleled development, training and support products in oncology rehabilitation give healthcare facilities the capacity to offer quality survivorship care to their patients. Our team of medical specialists underwent rigorous rehabilitation training by oncology experts in order to become certified.