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Cancer and its treatments can make it harder for patients to function as they normally would and to perform everyday activities. The Mass General Cancer Center Rehabilitation Program helps patients regain physical abilities and maintain independence.
Our program is personalized to meet a patient's individualized needs, and our experts aim to improve pain, function and quality of life at all levels of cancer diagnosis and treatment. Patients:
The program welcomes patients with a history of cancer who have any impairments due to their cancer diagnosis and/or treatment. These include:
The Mass General Cancer Center Rehabilitation Program strives to improve function and quality of life for each patient. Patients may ask their treatment team for a referral to the program, or patients can reach out directly to set up an appointment.
Dr. Sasha Knowlton is an Instructor and the Assistant Director of Cancer Rehabilitation in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Harvard Medical School. She completed her medical degree at The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. She attended residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital/Harvard Medical School, where she served as Chief Resident, followed by a fellowship in Cancer Rehabilitation at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.
Dr. Knowlton is board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Her clinical and research interests are in cancer rehabilitation, with the goal of improving the function and quality of life of cancer patients during all aspects of cancer treatment and survivorship.
Cancer and its treatments can make it harder for you to do activities or to function everyday as you normally would. Cancer rehabilitation, often referred to as cancer rehab, helps patients get their physical abilities back and maintain their independence.
Mass General Cancer Center has a rehab therapy program that can help you live your best. The program is personalized for you to meet your needs. You will:
During your appointment, you will have a physical and health history review with your physiatrist to help create a management plan made just for you.
Depending on your needs, you may have additional testing such as tests of strength and balance, blood tests, and/or x-rays. Your physiatrist may also recommend a procedure such as an EMG (Electromyography) or MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging). These procedures will be fully explained to you.
Your physiatrist will also talk with you about any medications that may be prescribed for you.
Write down any questions that you have and bring this list with you. It may be helpful to bring a friend or relative with you to help you remember information.
Your physiatrist will refer you to other therapists who will all work together as a team. As part of your management plan, your physiatrist will be an on-going point of contact for you.
The Cancer Rehab Program welcomes patients with a history of cancer who have any impairments due to their cancer diagnosis and/or treatment. Impairments can include:
Talk to your treatment team if you are experiencing any other problems not listed here.
Ask your treatment team for a referral to the Cancer Rehab Program.
You can also reach out directly.
View the Cancer Rehabilitation Program Flyer
Patients may ask their treatment team for a referral to the program, or patients can reach out directly to set up an appointment.
Dr. Sasha Knowlton sees patients at the following locations:
Mondays: MGH Physical Medicine Associates 5 Longfellow Place, Suite 201 Boston, MA 02114 Phone: 617-643-2420
Tuesdays & Wednesdays:Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital 300 First Avenue Charlestown, MA 02129-3109 Phone: 617-952-6220
Fridays: Mass General/North Shore Cancer Center 102 Endicott Street Danvers, MA 01923 Phone: 978-882-6060
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