Cancer Rehab and Survivorship Program Area

Location

There are two locations for t​he Cancer Rehab and Survivorship Program:

Princess Margaret Cancer Centre (Directions)​2nd Floor, ​OneWalk Cancer Rehabilitation and Survivorship Centre

Toronto General Hospital (Directions) Basement, Room B PMB 130, ELLICSR: Health, Wellness & Cancer Survivorship Centre​​

Hours and Contact

OneWalk Cancer Rehabilitation and Survivorship Centre
  • Phone: 416 946 4501 ext. 2363
  • Hours: Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
ELLICSR: Health, Wellness & Cancer Survivorship Centre
  • Phone: 416 581 8620
  • Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

What We Do

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Cancer & COVID

The Cancer Rehab and Survivorship (CRS) program provides many services to address the many side effects of cancer. The goal of these services is to improve your function and health and to help people get back to their life roles and activities. You will access the CRS program as an outpatient. "Outpatient" means you will not stay in the hospital to access the program.

Your doctor can suggest the CRS program for many reasons. Your reason for referral must be cancer-related.

Reasons for referral to the CRS program

The CRS program services can help you:

  • manage and decrease cancer side effects
  • improve your function
  • improve your health and quality of life
  • get better with help from a large rehab team​

How to Get Referred

To access the Cancer Rehab and Survivorship (CRS) program you must:

  • have had treatment at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre
  • have a cancer-related problem

You must be referred to the CRS program by a doctor. Your referring doctor can be any doctor caring for you. Your doctor will fax your referral form to 416 946 4549.

What happens when I am referred to the CRS program?

Your referral is reviewed by the CRS team. Once it is approved, you are booked for an appointment to be assessed by our team. If you do not see your appointment in the myUHN Patient Portal and you do not hear from the CRS program in 2 weeks, please call us at 416 946 4501 ext. 2363. ​

What to Expect

Your First Appointment

Your first appointment will be a complete assessment of your cancer-related concerns and rehab needs. This appointment takes about 2 hours. We will ask you to complete surveys, which help the Cancer Rehab and Survivorship (CRS) team understand your concerns and needs. The surveys also assess your goals for the program. 

For your assessment, you will first meet with a CRS physiotherapist or occupational therapist and/or a rehabilitation physician (physiatrist). Together with the CRS team, you will create a personalized rehab care plan to reach your goals.

Your CRS team consists of a physiatrist (medical doctor of physical medicine and rehabilitation), occupational therapists, physiotherapists, kinesiologists (exercise professionals), a social worker, a neuropsychologist, dietitians, a wellness chef, and administrative assistants.

During your first appointment, the CRS team assesses the type of care you need.

The CRS team provides 3 different types of care:


​CRS Patient Education

Virtual Patient Education Classes​

The CRS Program can help you find the right virtual group education classes, such as:​

  • Fear of Cancer Recurrence
  • Cancer Related Fatigue
  • What You Can Do About Brain Fog
  • Prepare to Return to Work
  • Lymphedema Management
  • Talking Lymphedema​
  • Cooking for Vitality

View a list of current virtual group education classes »


E-Learning Modules

The CRS Program has also developed several education e-modules that you can access online. 

To access the classes, visit the Princess Margaret Cancer Classes website and search by class title.


reach

reach is an online tool for cancer rehabilitation, designed by clinicians, researchers and patients that empowers you to manage your side effects from treatment. Learn more about reach » ​​​​​



The Team

Leadership

 
https://www.uhn.ca/PrincessMargaret/Clinics/Brain_Tumour


CaRE Program

The Cancer Rehab and Exercise (CaRE) Program is an 8-week program that can be done at ELLICSR (a health and wellness space in Toronto General Hospital) or in your own home.

Both programs include:

  • A physical fitness test and personal exercise program (1.5 hours)
  • Support through in-person or online education is provided once a week. Resource topics include fatigue, managing emotions, mindfulness and relaxation, diet and nutrition, mindful eating and brain health and the importance of being connected.
  • Follow-up physical fitness tests to review your progress and adapt your exercise. These follow-up tests happen 3 and 6 months after your 8-week program.


CaRE at ELLICSR

CaRE at ELLICSR has weekly group exercise and education sessions. All sessions and appointments are at ELLICSR. You will also be doing your exercises at home to make sure you get the most out of the program.

The group-based format provides a supportive setting to connect and to share your experiences.


CaRE at Home

CaRE at Home offers a number of education resources. Education resources include e-learning modules, pamphlets, YouTube videos, websites and books. You can use your education resources at times that work for you.

You will be doing your exercises at your home. Doing the program at home allows you to be more flexible with your schedule. Your follow-up appointments will be at ELLICSR.​


​​Specialized Rehab

​The supports offered through the CRS program can also focus on specific issues. Individual appointments with the CRS team can teach you how to care for yourself at home and help with the following:

  • Physical concerns such as pain, weakness and loss of range of motion
  • Lymphedema (swelling). The CRS team can teach you how to assess your lymphedema and do self-massage, compression bandaging or kinesiotaping. The team can also discuss how to get funding for compression garments for lymphedema.
  • Fatigue and tools to help you improve your energy and sleep
  • Lowering your stress with relaxation techniques and mindfulness
  • Finding ways to maximize your independence with activities of daily living
  • Desensitization strategies to decrease the body's pain response to peripheral neuropathy
  • Scar self-massage
  • Diet and nutrition issues
  • Returning to work or school
  • "Brain fog" such as poor memory, attention or focus
  • Body image or sexual health concerns
  • Psychosocial concerns such as emotions and coping, relationship changes, fear of cancer coming back

P​atients who need specialized therapy may also be referred to other programs within UHN. When you are done your specialized program, you will have access to the CRS program again. You may need a new referral and assessment. 

Below is a list of specialized rehab programs that you may be referred to.


Princess Margaret Cancer Centre


Toronto Rehabilita​tion Institute (TRI)


Toronto General Hospital

  • Cancer Pain Clinic


Mount Sinai Hospital


ELLISCR Kitchen

​The CRS Program offers an excellent cooking and nutrition resource through the ELLICSR Kitchen.

ELLICSR Kitchen supports cancer survivors with culinary and nutrition resources to support healthier eating and to help manage some of the side effects of cancer and cancer treatment that make it hard to eat well.

Join ELLICSR's Registered Dietitian and Wellness Chef for a live online cooking and nutrition demonstration, or search through the archive of easy, nutritious and delicious recipes.


For More Information

Website: ELLICSRKitchen.ca

YouTube: YouTube.com/ELLICSRKitchen

Twitter: @ELLICSRKitchen

Instagram: @ELLICSRKitchen​​



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Last reviewed: 10/25/2022
Last modified: 1/23/2024 10:48 AM
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