Hunterdon Regional Cancer Center recently added Oncology Rehabilitation to their menu of services to care for the community. Many patients with a recent cancer diagnosis and those who have gone through or are going through treatment can benefit from oncology rehabilitation. Barbara Surhoff, PT, a physical therapist at Hunterdon Medical Center, with more than 35 years’ experience, is specially trained in oncology rehabilitation and will lead the new program.
“Physical Therapy is here to help people with a cancer diagnosis cope with the early, late, or long term physical effect of treatment. Using education, manual therapy, and exercise we strive to empower them to maintain and improve their quality of life during and following their treatments.” explained Ms. Surhoff.
Oncology rehabilitation helps to alter the effects of treatment. It can improve endurance, strength and joint flexibility and minimize cancer related fatigue. It can also address issues such as pain, swelling, peripheral neuropathy and the effects on balance and mobility. Home exercise programs are developed and people are helped to return to their former exercise routine safely.
Patients can be seen before surgery, during and post treatment to utilize the benefits of oncology rehabilitation. Ms. Surhoff will see both children and adults and you do not have to be a patient at the Hunterdon Regional Cancer Center to utilize the services. To learn more, call 908-237-6040.
Pictured right to left: Barbara Surhoff, PT, a senior physical therapist is pictured with patient, Kathy Lord of Tewksbury. Kathy comes twice a week and uses a variety of machines including the AlterG® Anti-Gravity Treadmill® which is used to regain mobility, develop strength and fitness, and increase range of motion and natural movement.