STAR Program for Cancer Rehabilitation
Recovering from cancer often means a long treatment period, sometimes with side effects from surgery, chemotherapy and radiation. A new program at MidMichigan Health is designed to help cancer survivors and those going through treatment feel better and get stronger.
What is the STAR program?
Survivorship Training and Rehabilitation (STAR®) assists patients to heal from cancer’s debilitating side effects and symptoms. Physicians, physical and occupational therapists, speech pathologists, dietitians and mental health professionals associated with MidMichigan Health work together to create a personalized plan to help patients increase strength and energy, alleviate pain, improve appetite and enhance quality of life.
Dr. Ahmed Abdel-Maksoud, Medical Oncologist at MidMichigan Medical Center - Midland, comments on the benefits of STAR rehabilitation. “Patients who have received rigorous cancer care, including surgical resection, chemotherapy and/or radiation, are often left with side effects and symptoms from these treatments. With illnesses and injuries other than cancer, such as a heart attack, it is accepted practice to provide rehabilitation, and there is growing evidence that exercise and therapy during and following cancer treatment also improve patient outcomes. By offering physical therapy, dietary consultations, exercise plans and more following a coordinated plan we are able to help restore patients' strength and sense of well being.”
Symptoms and Diagnoses Managed with STAR
- Musculoskeletal pain
- Neuropathic pain
- Chemo-induced neuropathy
- Balance/gait problems/safety
- Radiation fibrosis syndrome
- Difficulties with daily living
- Cognitive problems
- Scar adhesions
- Bowel/bladder incontinence
- History of falls
- Post-mastectomy pain syndrome
- Limited jaw excursion
- Difficulty with range of motion
- Swallowing problems
- Speech problems
- History of recent weight loss
- Shortness of breath
MidMichigan Health is certified in STAR by the Massachusetts-based Oncology Rehab Partners, leading experts in the field of survivorship care. STAR Program Certification qualifies MidMichigan Health to offer premium oncology rehabilitation services to cancer patients and survivors. MidMichigan Health is the only health system in Michigan to provide access to STAR certified professionals throughout the entire system and the 12 counties it serves. Clinical team members, including physicians, physical and occupational therapists, speech pathologists, dietitians and mental health professionals in MidMichigan Oncology and Rehabilitation Departments received intensive training in oncology rehabilitation to be certified.
The STAR program is available at the following MidMichigan Health locations.
For More Information
- Those interested in learning more about Survivorship Training and Rehabilitation services in Clare, Gladwin, Gratiot, Isabella, Midland, Roscommon and Saginaw Counties may call (989) 839-3584 or visit www.midmichigan.org/star.
- For a cancer specialist associated with MidMichigan Health may visit www.midmichigan.org/doctors or call (989) 839-3584.
- To fill out an application for the STAR program, click here.