Rehabilitation Program for the Patient with Cancer

The Upstate Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation department has developed a program to assist patients with cancer reduce the physical effects of disease and the effects of its treatment.   

Services are provided by experienced Physical and Occupational Therapists in our four outpatient satellite offices.  Each patient receives a thorough initial evaluation which includes a discussion about symptoms, functional limitation and patient goals along with an examination.  Based on the evaluation a personalized plan for treatment is developed.

Upstate Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation department also offers a fatigue management program for those undergoing treatment for cancer.   It is a special exercise program supervised by a physical therapist or physical therapist assistant that involves using cardiovascular exercise and strengthening to combat fatigue.  Enrollment into program can occur before treatment or can begin at the start of treatment.  Exercise continues as tolerated until the end of chemotherapy or radiation.

Goals of Rehabilitation:

  • Maintain or increase muscle strength
  • Maintain or increase aerobic capacity
  • Decrease pain
  • Limit bone loss though weight bearing exercise
  • Improve balance and decrease falls/risk for falls
  • Prevent/manage lymphedema
  • Improve general function
  • Decrease fatigue
  • Improve ability to perform activities of daily living and self care tasks
  • Provide/suggest adaptive devices to improve performance of activities of daily living

Goals are achieved through:

  • Exercise
  • Range of motion activities/stretching
  • Balance training
  • Modalities (ice, heat, TENS etc)
  • Massage
  • Aquatic therapy
  • Activities of daily living training
  • Relaxation
  • Teaching energy conservation strategies
  • Splinting
  • Education on adaptive/compensatory strategies for memory, attention and organizational skills

A referral from your physician is needed for enrollment into this program.  Please call 464-6543 to schedule an appointment.

Providers

Matthew L Bowman, PT, DPT
Matthew L Bowman, PT, DPT
315 464-8668

Education & Fellowships

  • DPT: SUNY Upstate Medical University, 2011, Physical Therapy
  • PT: Ithaca College, 2001, Physical Therapy

Diseases/Specialties/Treatments

Ankle Sprain; Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Injury; Arthritis; Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD ); Cystic Fibrosis (CF); Knee Cartilage Tear; more

Clinical Interests

  • Cystic Fibrosis, Pulmonary Rehabilitation, Orthopedics

Associations/Memberships

  • American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)

Joy V Centra
Joy V Centra
315 464-8668

Jenna M Gardner, MS, CCC-SLP
Jenna M Gardner, MS, CCC-SLP
315 464-8668

Education & Fellowships

  • MS: Northeastern University, 2005, Speech-Language Pathology
  • BS: SUNY Plattsburgh, 2003, Communication Science and Disorders

Diseases/Specialties/Treatments

Dysphagia; Head and Neck Cancer; Lou Gehrig's Disease; Speech and Language Problems; Stroke; Speech Therapy

Associations/Memberships

  • American Speech -Language -Hearing Association

Chad E Hanifin, PT, DPT
Chad E Hanifin, PT, DPT
315 464-8668

Education & Fellowships

  • DPT: Utica College, 2013
  • BS: Quinnipiac College, 1999, Physical Therapy

Diseases/Specialties/Treatments

Acute & Chronic Diseases and Conditions in Adult Patients; Acute & Chronic Diseases and Conditions in Pediatric Patients

Clinical Interests

  • Geriatrics.  Cancer.  Acute Care.


Kaitlin M Kelly, PT, DPT
Kaitlin M Kelly, PT, DPT
315 464-8668

Education & Fellowships

  • DPT: Ithaca College, 2010

Samantha L Morin, PT, DPT
Samantha L Morin, PT, DPT
315 464-8668

Education & Fellowships

  • DPT: Ithaca College, 2009


Courtney J Zuccolotto, MSOT
Courtney J Zuccolotto, MSOT
315 464-8668

Education & Fellowships

  • OTR: SUNY Buffalo, 2012, Occupational Science, Occupational Therapy

Diseases/Specialties/Treatments

Acute & Chronic Diseases and Conditions in Adult Patients; Acute & Chronic Diseases and Conditions in Pediatric Patients; All Cancers and Hematological Conditions; Neuro-Oncology Cancers; Inpatient Occupational Therapy