THE MISSION TO RECLAIM YOUR LIFE IS THE TRUE ESSENCE OF RECOVERY IN CANCER CARE!
Cancer recovery is a long journey with many phases. Effective treatment marks the conclusion of a critical chapter but also the beginning of an equally important one: rehabilitation. Cancer treatment is a hard and taxing process – the side effects are often debilitating and mentally scarring. At APCC, we are guided by the unifying mission to conquer cancer and provide a high quality of life to our patients.
Rehabilitation is a key focus area at APCC. Our unique ability to help patients is greatly augmented by our team approach. Our beacon in this vital journey is the patient. Restoring their physical function, cognitive ability and minimizing pain are the pillars of our rehabilitation program. In order to give them a new normal, each plan is customized to the need of the patients.
A DEFINITIVE EDGE IN ADVANCE REHABILITATION CARE.
At APCC, we ensure that our patients are provided rehabilitation care of the highest standards. Our pursuit of excellence is powered by the following:
A collaborative approach
At APCC, rehabilitation is an integral part of our Cancer Management Teams. This integrated approach ensures greater collaboration, and leverages the strengths and expertise of several teams. This way we are able to deliver holistic and advanced care to our patients.
A customized care plan is prepared by our team, keeping the unique needs of the patient in mind. This bespoke plan is influenced by key factors like the degree of memory and thought changes, loss of flexibility and movement, swelling caused by abnormalities in the lymphatic system, extent of muscle weakening, numbness, pain and distress, among many others.
Rehab at APCC covers a wide range of specialized fields. We bring to the table an array of services to address physical, mental, and even spiritual concerns. It is this 360-degree approach that makes our Tender Loving Care the most powerful mantra in cancer care.
Integrated approach to Rehabilitation at APCC
Physician: Leads the team, and decides what diagnostic tests should be done, and what treatment should be prescribed.
Physical Therapist: Helps patients recover strength, flexibility, endurance and mobility. They also treat pain and inflammation.
Occupational Therapist: Focuses on helping patients address issues of strength, coordination and range of motion. They also help patients resume daily activities of normal life and work.
Speech and Language Pathologist: Addresses the problems with language comprehension or expressions, as well as swallowing issues.
Rehabilitation Nursing specialists: handle all of the usual nursing functions but also focus on helping patients with bowel and bladder function, sexuality issues, and providing education and support for the family.
Counsellors: Take care of the patient’s mental health, and help them adjust to a life that may be different from what they had previously experienced.
Registered Dietician: Prepares the best diet for someone undergoing cancer treatment and/or rehabilitation. A dietician can offer guidance as to how to gain or lose weight, and improve energy levels through nutrition.
To help patients on a case to case basis, APCC also brings to the table specialized skills like Recreational Therapy, and advanced prosthetics, among others.
THE APCC CIRCLE OF CARE
Our intergraded team helps patients regain and build skills that are important to function independently. At APCC, we use a holistic approach to assess and treat patients with physical and mental impairments.
Lymphedema is a swelling of the arm, leg, groin, or head and neck that can develop when surgery or radiation treatments affect the lymph nodes. Our Lymphedema therapists are specialists who assist in detecting and managing lymphedema through clinical treatment.
Counselling and support
At APCC, we offer both individual and group counselling sessions to help patients and their families cope with different aspects of the disease. These sessions have been empirically proven to be invaluable. They are a healthy and productive way to work through the stress and anxiety that are sometimes a part of treatment and recovery.
We also have extensive cancer support groups to help patients in the challenging journey to recovery. We leverage our wide network of cancer survivors and use their stories to inspire by example.
Our Integrative Medicine Service can be a valuable part of your formal treatment plan. This vibrant offering includes acupuncture, meditation, visualization, music therapy, nutritional counselling, among others.
Our highly trained food and nutrition team helps patients understand and cope with a variety of conditions relating to cancer treatment. Our expert dietitians provide patients expert guidance that helps them manage digestion problems, changes in taste, weight, and other issues. They work in tandem with the treatment team to customize a dietary plan that fits the specific needs of the patient.
Cancer Support Groups
Support groups are run by doctors, social workers, and trained nurses to help you and your family cope with cancer emotionally and physically. Participants are encouraged to share experiences or simply gather information. Our disease-specific support groups touch on dealing with issues such as fatigue, isolation, and concerns about the future. Patients are encouraged to participate in social activities which are conducted regularly at the APCC centre.
PATIENT FIRST IS THE CORNER STONE OF OUR PALLIATIVE SERVICES
Palliative care focuses on preventing, managing, and relieving the symptoms of cancer and the side effects of cancer treatment. It also provides comprehensive support to people living with cancer, their family, friends, and caregivers.
At APCC, Palliative care is truly emblematic of our team approach. The palliative care team involves physicians, nurses, social workers, and sometimes others such as nutritionists or a physical therapist - all focused on helping patients prevent and reduce suffering associated with their illness.