STAR Cancer Rehabilitation
The Centegra Survivorship Training and Rehabilitation (STAR) Program® improves the lives of people who suffer from side effects caused by cancer treatments. Although chemotherapy, radiation therapy and surgery save lives, they can also cause serious side effects that interfere with daily function and well-being. Our nationally recognized cancer survivorship program helps individuals who suffer from:
- Musculoskeletal pain
- Joint stiffness
- Memory loss
- Balance issues
At Centegra, we provide our patients comprehensive rehabilitation to help them minimize these side effects and get back to the quality of life they deserve.
Individualized Rehabilitative Cancer Care and Resources
As a Centegra STAR Program® patient, you will receive individualized rehabilitation treatment to improve your symptoms such as fatigue, joint stiffness, limb swelling, weakness, memory problems, balance and issues with talking or swallowing as well as psychosocial support services. 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 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 provides 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).