Cancer Rehabilitation Program

Penn's cancer rehabilitation program addresses the needs of cancer patients experiencing symptoms as a result of cancer or cancer treatment. These symptoms may include:

  • Deconditioning
  • Lymphedema
  • Loss of physical function
  • Neurological deficits
  • Pain and cancer-related fatigue
  • Peripheral Neuropathy
The program offers consultations with a cancer specialist and examination services as well as physical therapy services.

Cancer rehabilitation physicians are doctors who specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of the physical effects that may result from cancer and its treatment. These physicians work closely with other cancer specialists to provide you with comprehensive, integrated care.

Penn's cancer rehabilitation specialists are committed to providing you with the best possible care. Because we understand the personal aspects of dealing with cancer, we also focus on providing you and your family with the support you need throughout your care.

Physical, Occupational and Speech therapy services are provided by Good Shepherd Penn Partners; a partnership between Penn Medicine and the Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network. Good Shepherd Penn Partners provides specialized long-term acute care and inpatient and outpatient physical rehabilitation throughout the Philadelphia region.

Survivor Stories

Jeanie Taddeo

Battling Cancer While Pregnant

Jeanie, an 8th grade Spanish teacher at Spring Ford Eighth Grade Center, and her husband Phil, a senior manager at Vanguard, absolutely love their jobs and had been happily married for 14 years.

After almost 12 years of trying to have children, they were thrilled to find out that Jeanie was pregnant. We couldn't believe it!" says Jeanie. "And then to find out we were having twins girls was the biggest blessing we could have asked for. My heart was melting."

But at only 15 weeks, fear and shock set in when Jeanie felt a lump in her breast and was diagnosed with stage II invasive breast cancer. "We are going to approach this head on. I just kept thinking about my girls, and how I wanted to get through this, and so I went to see the best," says Jeanie.



Stand Up to Cancer

Peter O'Dwyer, MD, professor of Hematology-Oncology and program director of Development Therapeutics in the Abramson Cancer Center, was interviewed on NBC10's 10! Show about Penn's work as part of the Stand Up to Cancer Dream Team... Read more

Clinical Trials

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