(Breese, IL) – Many advances have been made in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer.  Yet sadly, many cancer survivors, after surviving their disease, are unable to return to their pre-cancer lifestyle due to lingering effects of the disease and treatment.
But HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital Breese and Clinton County YMCA can assist those undergoing cancer treatments through their Oncology Wellness Program, located at the HealthPlex, to help improve their quality of care and quality of life from initial cancer diagnosis, through all stages of treatment, and after treatment is completed.  This therapy program can help prepare your body before cancer treatment, and help you to return to your previous activity level afterwards, reducing the effects of treatment. 
There are a variety of treatment options available through St. Joseph’s Oncology Wellness Program:

  • Pre-treatment Rehabilitation (Prehab) - Ensuring that you are in the best possible condition before beginning cancer treatment, to help speed your recovery and possibly decrease treatment side effects. Prehab includes education regarding exercise, skin care, nutrition, adaptive equipment, and community, spiritual and financial resources. In addition, we can develop personalized home exercise programs to maximize your strength, endurance and mobility prior to cancer treatment.

  • Outpatient Rehabilitation – Providing physical, occupational, speech, and aquatic therapy to treat any deficits resulting from cancer treatments or surgeries, maximizing your quality of life and level of function.

  • Survivor Support and Wellness – Offering proven recommendations to reduce and limit any long-term effects that may arise and affect your physical function, and empower you to be as active as possible. Some of these services include:

  • “Look Good Feel Better” program, sponsored by the American Cancer Society. This program is for those who have previously or are currently undergoing cancer treatment, to learn from volunteer cosmetologists about skin care, make-up application, wig fitting, wig selection and style tips to make their appearance during the treatment process a more positive experience.

  • The Healthplex is also home to the nationally recognized “LIVESTRONG” program. The LIVESTRONG program is a free 12-week program lead by YMCA staff that has been specially trained to work with cancer survivors. The program meets twice a week for supervised exercise, focusing on building muscle mass and strength, increasing flexibility and endurance, improving confidence and self-esteem and reducing stress. For questions or more information about the LIVESTRONG program offered by the Clinton County YMCA, please call (618) 526-5628 or visit gwrymca.org/clintoncounty.

HSHS St. Joseph’s Oncology Wellness can assist in relieving a variety of symptoms and conditions related to cancer treatment:

  • Pain

  • Weakness

  • Fatigue (tiredness)

  • Neck and shoulder problems

  • Balance and walking difficulty

  • Lymphedema management (swelling)

  • Range of motion and mobility

  • Scar tenderness/tightness

  • Chemo induced neuropathy

  • Post-mastectomy pain syndrome

  • Pelvic pain

  • Bladder/bowel incontinence

  • Memory and concentration problems

  • Swallowing problems

  • Difficulty with activities of daily living (bathing, dressing, grooming)

  • Adaptive and durable medical equipment recommendations

  • Hearing problems

In order to have Oncology Wellness services, a physician’s referral is required, typically from your family practitioner, oncologist or surgeon. St. Joseph’s Breese accepts most insurance plans. Your insurance benefits will be checked by our knowledgeable staff before your evaluation, for your convenience.

For questions or more information about how you may benefit from our Oncology Wellness Program, please contact the Rehab Services department at (618) 526-5436.

Media Contact

Ashley Gramann

Manager, Communications
HSHS Illinois
Office: (618) 526-5439
Cell: (618) 651-2588

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