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

Maryann Volpe

"There is a plan and meaning for everyone. If you get through cancer it really does change you. It makes you a better person: you live more in the moment, you become more compassionate, and you deeply understand what other people are going through when coping with the same terror of cancer. If I had to talk to someone who has to go through what I went through I would say, stay positive and live in the moment with gratitude. One sure way to take focus off yourself is to help and serve others. My spiritually and prayer was so important during my cancer journey. As Mother Teresa said 'the fruit of prayer is love and the fruit of love is service.' My experience at Penn's Abramson Cancer Center was magnificent! Doctors provide compassionate care, coupled with cutting edge technology!"

- Maryann Volpe




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