Survivorship Training and Rehabilitation (STAR)
We offer not just treatment, but true care. We’re not here just to treat, but to get you well. Survivorship and the after-effects of cancer are often as challenging to you and your family as the disease itself. That is why we offer the Survivorship Training and Rehabilitation (STAR) - certified cancer program and a number of other support services.
Our STAR program is made up of a multi-disciplinary team including dietitians, rehabilitation therapists, nurses, radiation therapists, social workers, physicians, and front-desk staff that are trained to have a better understanding of the many issues that you may face so that no matter where your are in your treatment process, you have an expert that can connect you with the right resources to help you heal.
Many of our patients take advantage of our concurrent or post-treatment rehabilitation options, whether dealing with effects from a surgery or from a cancer treatment such as radiation therapy or chemotherapy. A therapist will perform a thorough evaluation and develop a plan based on your specific needs and goals:
- Physical therapy: A therapist can assess your range of motion, strength and balance. Education regarding post-treatment complications such as neuropathy (numbing/tingling) and lymphedema (swelling) is provided and a fully personalized program is developed to achieve your goals.
- Occupational therapy: A therapist can assess deficits affecting any normal activities of daily living such as dressing, bathing, cooking, balancing a checkbook and driving. A fully personalized program is developed, including home modification and adaptive equipment recommendations if necessary, to get you back to safely and independently living your life to the fullest.
- Speech therapy: A therapist can assess speech, chewing and swallowing deficits arising from surgery or treatment, as well as pain, discomfort or mouth dryness. A fully personalized plan and program is developed to get you back to achieve your goals.
Additional Support Services
A registered dietitian can assess nutritional deficits and any complications, such as diarrhea or fatigue, arising from an individual's current diet. A fully personalized plan is developed and resources are available to help patients gain more strength, maintain a healthy weight, and feel more comfortable both during and after treatments.
A social worker can assess any barriers to treatment and healing and connect patients with appropriate resources. This can include areas such as finances, transportation or accommodations, and any support needs such as patient-to-patient programs and support groups.
Spiritual Care representatives can help to guide patients through emotional challenges and spiritual questions that may arise upon diagnosis or during/after treatment.
Health Resource Center/Appearance Center
Located in Medical Offices West just opposite the Carson Cancer Center, the Faith Regional Health Resource Center has a multitude of tools for patients and families. The health library contains hundreds of health-related books, journals and videos, while the Appearance Center offers patients a positive place of support where they can obtain wigs, hats, and expertise on looking good and feeling better.
Patients and families are welcome to attend the Caring Hearts Cancer Support Group, held monthly at the Faith Regional Health Resource Center. For further information, please call (402) 644-7348.
American Cancer Society
In addition to the various servies and programs offered by Faith Regional, the American Cancer Society (ACS) offers a variety of programs and services to cancer patients and their families. These include:
- no-cost hotel stays and gas cards for traveling patients
- direct survivor-to-patient support programs
- free books on specific cancers and cancer-related topics
- Look Good, Feel Better classes and breast prosthesis fittings