STAR Cancer Rehabilitation Program
We are committed to bringing you the highest level of survivorship services.
In recent years, there has been much talk about creating survivorship as a distinct phase of cancer care and providing each patient with a survivorship care plan. At Riverside Health System in Virginia, we are committed to offering the best available survivorship services. This is why we have implemented the STAR Program® that includes training our staff in the latest oncology rehab care and implementing research based protocols that have been proven to help cancer survivors optimally heal and function.
We are committed to helping you reach optimal recovery.
A cancer diagnosis can be traumatic, and so can life-saving treatments. Chemotherapy, radiation therapy and surgery can harm health and cause serious medical problems that interfere with daily function and well-being. Survivors are commonly plagued with symptoms such as fatigue, weakness, insomnia, memory loss, fear, anxiety and depression. The Riverside STAR Program offers important physical and psychological rehabilitation to survivors so they can recover more quickly and more completely than they would otherwise.
Feeling well and being able to resume normal day-to-day activities is essential to enjoying a good quality of life for survivors and their families.
We offer comprehensive care that is covered by health insurance.
We are uniquely qualified to offer premium oncology rehabilitation services to cancer survivors undergoing treatment or living with its aftermath. Our program has been created to help survivors physically and emotionally heal from the side-effects of treatments and all of our services are reimbursable by health insurance providers.
Whether you're newly diagnosed or long finished with treatment, we can help.
We serve all survivors in need, whether they are beginning treatment, finished with treatment, or experiencing late effects or unresolved issues from long-ago treatment. Our program is open to everyone no matter the prognosis, cancer stage or phase of recovery. Newly diagnosed patients may want to increase their strength and endurance and prevent future medical problems; survivors living with cancer as a chronic disease may come to us for help managing treatment-related conditions; and individuals who are cured or in remission may enroll in our program with the goal of boosting their immune systems so that they can heal as well as possible.
Our highly trained medical staff is here especially for you.
Our rehabilitation care, based on conventional medicine, is offered to patients by a knowledgeable and sensitive medical staff, specially trained to treat survivors of all forms of cancer. They are medical experts at the top of their fields and comprise a variety of disciplines:
- physical therapists
- occupational therapists
- speech and swallowing therapists
- registered dieticians and nutritionists
- mental health professionals
When evaluating your needs we look at the "big picture."
Rather than using a "problem-oriented" approach and tackle each health issue as it arises, we address the full spectrum of post-cancer care, including:
- sleep issues
- existing pain
- exercise habits and
- emotional outlook.
We offer you a personalized rehab plan with an interdisciplinary approach.
After undergoing a thorough evaluation by a physician, a "team" of medical specialists are assigned to each patient according to his or her individual needs. The healthcare "team" creates a personalized rehabilitation plan and offers guidance for the duration of the program, with the goals of increasing strength and energy, alleviating pain, improving physical functioning, achieving emotional balance and boosting the immune system.
We are proud to be STAR Program®Certified.
We received our STAR Program Certification from Massachusetts-based Oncology Rehab Partners (ORP), whose unparalleled development, training and support products in oncology rehabilitation give healthcare facilities the capacity to offer quality survivorship care to their patients. Riverside's STAR Program successfully executed Oncology Rehab Partners' evaluation and treatment procedures, and our medical staff underwent rigorous rehabilitation training by oncology experts.
We are convenient to you.
The program is offered on the Peninsula, Eastern Shore and Northern Neck. Contact the Riverside STAR Program at (757) 243-2174.