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.