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You may find it difficult to perform everyday activities because of your cancer and cancer treatment. Occupational therapists work with you and your health care team to help you become more independent. Occupational therapists can give you guidance to help you perform the daily tasks you want to do, such as personal care, work, hobbies and leisure activities. Occupational therapists can help you by:

  • Assessing your ability to participate in day-to-day activities
  • Assessing your need for assistive devices in the hospital and at home
  • Giving you information about conserving and maximizing your energy
  • Supporting your independence and safety at home
  • Conducting relaxation sessions

You may find it helpful to learn more about the long-lasting and late side effects of cancer and cancer treatment. Occupational therapists lead classes about managing cancer-related fatigue, lymphedema, returning to work, being mindful​ and goal setting.

Learn more about the Cancer Rehab and Survivorship Program

Occupational therapists can also work with you to design a plan to:

  • Minimize long-lasting and late side effects of cancer and cancer treatment
  • Support healthy lifestyle changes
  • Help you make the transition back into your community

If you need extra support when you leave the hospital, occupational therapists can refer you to support services and organizations in your community.

Princess Margaret Cancer Centre - University Street Entrance

​​​ Location, Hours & Contact

Inpatient Services/Outpatient Relaxation Therapy

Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, 15th floor, room 618
Monday – Friday, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Phone: 416 946 2000 ext. 5580

The OneWalk Cancer Rehabilitation and Survivorship Centre

Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, 2nd floor
Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Phone: 416 946 4501 ext. 2363

ELLICSR: Health, Wellness & Cancer Survivorship Centre

Toronto General Hospital, Basement
Monday – Friday, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Phone: 416 581 8620​


​​​ How to Get Referred

Your doctor can refer you for occupational therapy. ​


Last reviewed: 10/1/2023
Last modified: 10/30/2023 10:53 AM
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