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Cancer Rehabilitation

Dr. Mayer and physical therapist Laurie Fitz standing in the Cancer Rehab center with hand weights and balancing ball in the background.
 

The Johns Hopkins Cancer Rehabilitation Program aims to help cancer patients overcome the effects of cancer and treatment on daily function and quality of life. Whether you are newly diagnosed or long finished with treatment, our team can create a custom rehabilitation plan to address your symptoms and daily challenges.

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Team | Why Choose Johns Hopkins | Our Approach | Conditions We Treat

 

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Patient Resource Center
The Patient Resource Center provides assistance between appointments with your physician. For assistance between therapy appointments, please contact the clinic location.
Phone:  410-614-4030 and select option 2 | Fax: 410-614-4033

 

Cancer Rehabilitation: Why Choose Johns Hopkins

  • Our multidisciplinary team includes rehabilitation physicians, therapists and psychologists experienced in working with cancer patients and their families.
  • Thanks to our close partnership with the Johns Hopkins Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center, we can provide seamless transition from treatment to rehabilitation for patients with breast cancer, pancreatic cancer, head and neck cancer, leukemia and many other oncologic conditions.
  • We use innovative, noninvasive technologies that allow us diagnose and treat lymphedema (swelling) in early stages, address speech and swallowing difficulties and help you regain strength and mobility to the highest degree possible.
  • We offer several convenient locations in Baltimore, including The Johns Hopkins Hospital, the Skip Viragh Outpatient Cancer Building and Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. Our therapists and physicians are also available in several community clinics and hospitals in Maryland and at Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington, D.C.
 

Cancer-Related Symptoms and Conditions We Help You Manage

  • Cognitive difficulties, including problems with memory, concentration, attention, learning new skills and concerns of patient safety
  • Physical difficulties, including decline in balance, difficulty walking, poor endurance, muscle spasms, weakness, fatigue, or adjustment to wearing a prosthetic
  • Emotional effects of cancer, including stress and anxiety
  • Uncomfortable sensations, including pain, joint stiffness and reduced range of motion, and numbness in hands and feet (peripheral neuropathy)
  • Bowel and bladder issues
  • Radiation fibrosis: thickening of connective tissue
  • Lymphedema and edema
  • Scar tissue restriction following surgery
  • Swallowing disorders and voice/speech difficulties
  • Osteoporosis (low bone density)
  • Impaired sleep
 

Our Comprehensive Approach to Cancer Rehabilitation

It takes expertise and experience of several specialists to address all of your cancer-related symptoms and challenges. Our goal is to help you stay active and maintain the best quality of life possible before, during and years after chemotherapy, radiation therapy, surgery and other cancer treatments.

  • Our rehabilitation physicians are experts in creating programs tailored to your needs and health goals.
  • Our physical therapists can help you address fatigue, weakness, pain, lack of balance and similar symptoms related to cancer.
  • Our occupational therapists focus on helping you participate in daily activities such as dressing and bathing, while strengthening your fine motor skills, saving energy, and improving memory and sight.
 

Our Cancer Rehabilitation Team

Our Physicians

Our Therapists

  • Opalyn DeVera | Physical Therapist

    Certifications: Certified Lymphedema Therapist
    Expertise: lymphedema, oncology
    Location: Lutherville
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  • Julie Finocchiaro | Clinical Specialist, Physical Therapist

    Certifications: Board-Certified Orthopedic Physical Therapist, Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists
    Expertise: breast cancer, orthopedics, orthopedics - neck and spine
    Location: Odenton
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  • Laurie Fitz | Physical Therapist, Clinical Resource Analyst

    Certifications: Certified Lymphedema Therapist
    Expertise: breast cancer, lymphedema, oncology deconditioning
    Location: Baltimore
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  • Amanda Greene | Clinical Specialist, Physical Therapist

    Certifications: Certified Orthopedic Manual Therapist, Board-Certified Orthopedic Physical Therapist
    Expertise: breast cancer, orthopedics, performing arts - dancer/musician
    Location: Lutherville
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  • Suzanne Horton | Physical Therapist

    Expertise: oncology deconditioning
    Location: Baltimore
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  • Ed Lyons | Physical Therapist

    Expertise: amputee and prosthetics training, neurologic rehabilitation, oncology, orthopedics
    Location: Baltimore
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  • Kathy McGinty | Physical Therapist Assistant

    Certifications: Certified Lymphedema Therapist
    Expertise: breast cancer, lymphedema, oncology, oncology deconditioning
    Location: Lutherville
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  • Amanda McQueen | Team Lead, Physical Therapist

    Certifications: Certified Lymphedema Therapist
    Expertise: breast cancer, lymphedema, oncology deconditioning, orthopedics
    Locations: Columbia and Odenton
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  • Kimberly Middleton | Physical Therapist

    Certifications: Certified Lymphedema Therapist
    Expertise: breast cancer, lymphedema, oncology
    Location: Columbia
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  • Jennifer Nicholas | Team Coordinator, Occupational Therapist

    Certifications: Board-Certified Hand Therapist, Certified Lymphedema Therapist
    Expertise: breast cancer, hand therapy, lymphedema, oncology, orthopedics, orthopedics - upper extremity, orthotic fabrication
    Location: Lutherville
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  • Rachel Pigott | Occupational Therapist

    Certifications: Certified Lymphedema Therapist, Board-Certified Hand Therapist
    Expertise: breast cancer, hand therapy, lymphedema, oncology, orthopedics - upper extremity, orthosis fabrication
    Location: Lutherville
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  • Heather Prender | Physical Therapist

    Certifications: Certified Lymphedema Therapist, Certified Oncology Rehabilitation Specialist
    Expertise: breast cancer, lymphedema, oncology deconditioning
    Location: Lutherville
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  • Jyo Supnekar | Clinical Specialist, JHH Hand Therapy Fellowship Director

    Certifications: Board-Certified Hand Therapist, Certified Lymphedema Therapist, Certified Neuro-developmental Treatment for stroke
    Expertise: breast cancer, hand therapy, lymphedema, neurologic rehabilitation, oncology, orthopedics - upper extremity, orthotic fabrication
    Location: White Marsh
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Find a Therapist at Other Locations

The Johns Hopkins Rehabilitation Network offer multiple convenient locations, all of which use the latest rehabilitation tools and practice patient-centered care to help you achieve the best outcomes.

 
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