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Support Resources

American Cancer Society Resources

The American Cancer Society (ACS) is a source of support and information to Karmanos patients. Additional programs coordinated through the ACS provide helpful services to receive support during treatment such as Road to Recovery, where ACS volunteers provide patient transportation to and from treatment; Reach for Recovery mentoring and support program, and the Look Good Feel Better beauty and emotional healing program.

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Cancer Care Conferences

A multidisciplinary team of cancer specialists, including doctors, residents (doctors-in-training), nurses and other health care professionals involved, gathers weekly to discuss patient care to ensure that a comprehensive evaluation of treatment options takes place.

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Cancer Rehabilitation

Cancer Rehabilitation Program

We are committed to bringing you the highest level of survivorship services

McLaren Bay Region is proud to offer our Cancer Rehabilitation Program. The program focuses on helping survivors to heal physically and emotionally as well as possible. The Cancer Rehabilitation Program utilizes an interdisciplinary approach in which caregivers from different specialties team up to help patients increase strength and energy, alleviate pain, and improve daily function and well-being.

We offer comprehensive care that is covered by health insurance

We are uniquely qualified to offer premium cancer 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. We provide our patients with the most comprehensive cancer rehabilitation care available and all of our services are reimbursable by health insurance providers.

We offer our patients a personalized rehab plan with an interdisciplinary approach

After undergoing a thorough evaluation by a physician, our team of medical specialists will be assigned to each patient according to his or her individual needs. Our healthcare team consists of specialists in the following areas: physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists, and oncology nurses. Each team member provides his or her expert medical guidance, training, encouragement and support, for the duration of the program.

Outcomes of the Program Include:

  • Reduced fatigue
  • Having more energy to do the things you enjoy
  • Increased endurance for daily tasks
  • Ability to walk further distances
  • Reduced musculoskeletal pain and joint stiffness
  • Improved balance
  • Increased strength
  • Reduced long term effects of chemotherapy
  • Improved swallowing function (for certain cancers)
  • Improved communication
  • Better memory
  • Reduced limb swelling

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Lymphedema Treatment

Therapy and Treatment for Lymphedema

What is Lymphedema?

lymphedma rehab

Lymphedema is an accumulation of fluids that occurs when your lymphatic system is impaired. Lymphatic vessels, which assist in fluid discharge, can become impaired as a result of the removal of lymph nodes, from chemotherapy, or from radiation treatments. When breast cancer related lymphedema occurs, there is a swelling or change in tissue texture occurring in the arm and upper torso.

Treatment Options:

  • Manual Lymph Drainage: A manual technique is performed to open lymphatic pathways and move fluid to areas where it can be reabsorbed into the system
  • Multi-Layer Bandaging: Short stretch compression bandages are used to create a gradient of pressure to move fluid and decrease swelling
  • Patient Education: Regarding skin care, precautions and prevention
  • Therapeutic Exercises: Exercises specific to the needs of each individual patient
  • Facilitate referral for appropriate compression garment

Goals of our Program:

  • Reduce the size of limb
  • Decrease the risk for infection or hospitalization
  • Self management of lymphedema
  • Improve function and mobility of the limb
  • Decrease pain associated with excessive limb size

Relative Contraindications:

  • You may not be a candidate for lymphedema treatment if you have any of the following:
  • Acute viral/bacterial infection
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Kidney malfunction
  • Untreated malignancy

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Oncology Patient Navigator

Breast Cancer Patient Navigator Program

When someone diagnosed with cancer comes to Karmanos Cancer Institute, they will receive exceptional care from our entire team. Our Patient Navigator Program features a dedicated registered oncology nurse who works to guide patients through the health care system, ensuring they receive seamless, coordinated care, along with any other necessary support services. The patient navigator is a constant, a familiar face that is always there to answer questions, reinforce patient education, ease anxiety and eliminate any barriers that might impede care. What's more, the patient navigator will communicate with the primary care physician, ensuring they receive up-to-date information about their patients' progress.

Specifically, the patient navigator seeks to:

  • Address your questions and concerns
  • Link you to resources regarding insurance and payment assistance
  • Refer you to transportation services, if needed
  • Direct you to further health care services
  • Identify helpful local resources and support services
  • Help you track appointments
  • Act as a resource for helpful health care information for you and your family

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Outpatient Rehabilitative Services

ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS – Physical Therapy – Occupational Therapy – Speech Therapy

One-On-One Rehabilitative Services Care for Your Total Well-Being 

Our goals are to: 

  • Provide compassionate, high-quality, cost-effective care 
  • Dedicate our resources to help people reach their highest potential 
  • Value family/caregiver input and keep them involved in the treatment process 
  • Work closely with the physician to provide coordinated care to our patients 
  • Assist our patients to reach their goals for increased functional ability and reduced pain 

McLaren Bay Region’s Rehabilitative Services Department offers comprehensive and coordinated services, including Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapy. 

We specialize in: 

  • Orthopedics/Sports Medicine 
  • Neck and Back Pain 
  • Aquatic Therapy 
  • Stroke Rehabilitation 
  • NeuroCom™ Balance Program 
  • Certified Hand Specialist 
  • STAR Program® Cancer Rehab/Lymphedema 
  • BIG™ & LOUD™ Parkinson’s Disease Rehabilitation 
  • Amputee Rehabilitation 
  • Manual Therapy 
  • Wound Care 
  • Pediatrics 
  • Neurological Rehab 
  • Ergonomics/Return to Work 
  • Low Vision Rehabilitation 
  • Arthritis Management 


We offer a full continuum of care with multiple specialty services and state-of-the art equipment. 

Patients are typically seen 2-3 times per week for one-on-one sessions with their therapist. 

On your first visit, you will be seen by a licensed therapist for an individual evaluation. Your therapist will develop and monitor a treatment plan that is tailored to meet your unique needs. You will be scheduled for a series of one-to-one therapy sessions. 

Rehabilitation Teams

All of our clinicians are licensed professionals and include physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech & language pathologists and physical therapist assistants. Regardless of the injury or illness, no two patients are alike. A team of experienced and highly trained specialists develop and monitor a treatment plan that is tailored to meet each patient’s unique needs. 

Ongoing communication between the patient, family and physician is emphasized. Throughout the course of outpatient treatment, our therapists monitor and evaluate the patient’s progress and make adjustments to the treatment plan as needed for optimal outcomes. 

Patient & Family Involvement

Our rehabilitative services staff recognize the importance of family and work with them to achieve the best results possible. Patients and family are encouraged to participate in treatment planning and educational opportunities. 

Individualized Care

Our rehabilitative professionals develop a treatment plan that is tailored to meet each patient’s unique needs. One-on-one individual care and treatment is provided. 

Starting Therapy

In order to start therapy, a prescription from your health care provider is needed. Then, simply call 

one of our convenient sites and ask for an appointment. Our admissions personnel can assist you with any questions about your insurance coverage and the cost of therapy. 

Michigan now has direct access -- which means you don’t need a referral -- but many insurance companies still require a physician referral for payment purposes. For further information about our services for patients with all types of rehabilitative needs, call us at (989) 667-6600.

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Support Groups, Screenings, and Programs

For a list of our support groups, screenings, and special programs located around McLaren Bay Region hospitals, click here.

For Karmanos Detroit or Farmington Hills locations, please click these links: support groups, cancer screening information, special programs and education

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