Helping Cancer Survivors Thrive
In recent years, healthcare providers have recognized the need for cancer survivorship programs as a distinct phase of care. Centegra Health System offers exceptional services and provides each patient a survivorship care plan.
The Centegra Survivorship Training and Rehabilitation (STAR) Program® is a nationally recognized cancer survivorship program. It focuses on improving the lives of survivors who suffer from the side effects caused by cancer 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:
- Musculoskeletal pain
- Joint stiffness
- Memory loss
- Balance issues
At Centegra, we provide our patients the comprehensive rehabilitation to help them minimize these side effects and get back to the quality of life they desire.
Individualized Rehabilitative Cancer Care and Resources
As a Centegra STAR Program® patient, you will receive individualized rehabilitation treatment to improve your symptoms. Your cancer plan will depend on personal goals that focus on increasing your strength and energy while managing your pain.
Centegra STAR patients receive the STAR Program® Survivor Guidebook, a helpful resource that provides valuable education and tips including suggestions about exercise, oncology nutrition, and sleep.
Centegra Health System also offers support groups, educational programs and a resource library for cancer survivors and their family members. Call the Centegra Sage Cancer Center at (815) 344-8000 for more information about these services. You can also visit the Calendar for details about classes and programs for cancer survivors.
Centegra’s Certified STAR Team
The Centegra STAR Program® provides patients coordinated cancer rehabilitation by a team of certified STAR clinicians and providers, including:
- Board-certified oncologists
- Board-certified physiatrists
- Rehabilitation nurses
- Physical therapists
- Occupational therapists
- Speech-language pathologists
- Registered dietitians
- Mental health professionals
Centegra is dedicated to providing comprehensive cancer services to McHenry County and its surrounding communities. In addition to offering the STAR Program®, Centegra’s cancer program has received the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer (CoC) Outstanding Achievement Award and full accreditation from the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC).
What is cancer rehabilitation?
Cancer rehabilitation is very similar to other forms of rehabilitation after a serious illness or injury. Services should include consultations with appropriate board-certified or licensed clinicians in rehabilitation medicine, including physiatrists (doctors who specialize in rehabilitation medicine), rehabilitation nurses, and physical, occupational, and speech therapists.
What impairments can be addressed through cancer rehabilitation?
Rehabilitation professionals can help you with a wide variety of treatment-related conditions and their symptoms, including pain, weakness, fatigue, shoulder problems, balance and gait problems, memory and concentration issues, swallowing and speech problems, and lymphedema.
Am I candidate for cancer rehabilitation?
If you have any problems that you didn’t have before your cancer diagnosis, especially if they interfere with your ability to function or your quality of life, you are a candidate for cancer rehabilitation.
Will my insurance cover cancer rehabilitation?
Most Centegra STAR Program® services are reimbursable by health insurance carriers. Check your insurance plan for specific rehabilitation benefits, including co-pays and deductibles.
How can I receive more information about the Centegra STAR Program®?
For appointments or additional information about the Centegra STAR Program®, call (815) 759-4870. A physician’s referral is required.