Cancer Rehabilitation

The effects of cancer and its treatment can be hard on your body, but we can help you overcome many of them with targeted therapies available at New Hanover Regional Medical Center. We offer services at the NHRMC Rehabilitation Hospital for those who need more extensive inpatient therapy as well as outpatient therapy at Oleander Rehabilitation.

Conditions Addressed Through Cancer Rehabilitation

You may experience one or more of the following conditions as a result of your cancer. Rehabilitation can help with:

  • Pain
  • Lymphedema (swelling)
  • Decreased range of motion
  • Weakness
  • Soft tissue tightness
  • Infection risks
  • Fatigue
  • Postural changes
  • Loss of balance and risk of falls
  • Loss of normal function


We’ll help you develop a safe exercise program that you can continue during and after chemotherapy and radiation. This will help you maintain your muscle strength and your energy levels.

Lymphedema Therapy

Lymphedema, or swelling, is a common problem with cancer treatment. It is caused by fluid building up in soft body tissues. Slow, carefully controlled exercises can help keep lymphedema from developing. Our therapists will help you with these exercises and show you what you can do to reduce swelling.

Swallowing Therapy

Treatment of mouth and throat cancers can impact your ability to swallow. We offer therapies that can improve the strength and coordination of the muscles that help you swallow so you can eat, drink, and communicate more easily.