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In an online search, Stevens, a paralegal, found
TIRR Memorial Hermann-The Woodlands, a specialized rehabilitation hospital not far from her home that
offers inpatient and outpatient cancer rehabilitation
services. She asked for a referral from her doctor, and
in April 2017, she started physical and occupational
therapy to improve balance and increase strength.
She also visited a speech therapist twice a week
for several months to learn techniques to help her
improve her reading and memory skills.
“The therapy was a blessing,” says Stevens, who
began to drive again, something she hadn’t done in
months, and was able to return to work in September
2017. Since then, a CT scan has revealed another
tumor on her spleen, and the challenges of her new
treatment regimen have caused her to once again stop
working. Still, Stevens keeps up with her occupational
therapy exercises and continues to walk as much as
she can to maintain her strength for chemotherapy
treatments. “I wouldn’t be where I am right now
without it,” she says of her therapy.
Barriers to Access
Several factors can contribute to patients not accessing rehabilitation services, however. Many health care
providers tell cancer patients that treatments can be
Despite challenges, cancer rehabilitation
recommendations have made their way
into existing professional guidelines.