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Cancer Rehabilitation & Lymphedema Therapy

Our goal is to improve daily function and quality of life for the cancer survivor.

We create customized programs to address a wide range of symptoms and diagnoses for each type of cancer. Our experienced team of therapists and physicians work with individuals to address rehabilitation needs for a variety of conditions including:

Common conditions treated
  • Decline in balance
  • Difficlity with walking
  • Fatigue
  • Joint stiffness
  • Lymphedema
  • Numbness in feet or hands
  • Pain
  • Poor endurance
  • Postural changes
  • Scar tissue restrictions
  • Weakness
Our Physical Therapists:

Our physical therapists are certified lymphedema therapists (CLT) in addition to having advanced training in manual therapy.

  • Denise Crawford PT, DPT, CLT
  • Nickolas Frangis PT, DPT, CLT
  • Todd Hoffman PT, MSPT, CLT
  • Richard Northorn PT, DPT, CLT

With our service-oriented staff, we provide excellent patient care and comprehensive physical therapy services to your community. Our experienced staff can evaluate and treat a variety of musculoskeletal injuries and neurologic conditions, as well as post-surgical issues utilizing :

Modalities including:
  • Moist heat/Cold therapy
  • Electrical Stimulation
  • Ultrasound
Manual therapy techniques including:
  • Stretching
  • Soft Tissue Massage/ Myofascial release
  • Joint mobilization
  • Muscle Energy Techniques
  • Neuromuscular re-education
Therapeutic exercise:
  • Balance exercises
  • Lower extremity strengthening
  • Upper extremity strengthening
  • Core strengthening/ Postural Strengthening
What Is Lymphedema?

Lymphedema is characterized by swelling and fluid accumulation in the head, arm, leg, and/or trunk.

First Signs of Lymphedema:
  • Heaviness
  • Aching
  • Tingling / Numbing
  • Restricted Range of Motion
  • Tight Clothing or Jewelry

How Is Lymphedema treated?

Lymphedema is most effectively managed with a combination of treatments called Complete Decongestive Therapy, which consists of the following:

  • Manual lymph drainage to stimulate and redirect lymph flow through specialized massage
  • Compression with bandaging, garments, and occasionally pumps
  • Exercise to assist the muscle pump to move fluid and to improve motion and strength
  • Skin care to maintain healthy tissue and prevent infection

Because early treatment is vital, it is important that individuals understand the symptoms and implications of lymphedema and begin treatment as soon as possible

How cancer rehabilitation can help:

Rehabilitation can improve the quality of life for people with cancer by reaching the following goals:
  • Improving physical strength to help offset weakness caused by cancer and cancer treatment
  • Increasing a person’s ability to care for himself or herself and reducing support needed from caregivers
  • Providing support to adjust to actual, perceived, and potential losses due to cancer and cancer treatment
  • Managing symptoms of cancer and its treatment, including fatigue, sleep problems, and pain.
Rehabilitation often helps patients regain strength, physical functioning, and independence that they may have lost due to cancer or its treatment.
  • Talk with your health care team to learn about the rehabilitation services available at your cancer center or in your area.
  • Depending on your needs, you may visit one or more specialists trained in specific areas of rehabilitation
Payment Options:

The insurance verification and authorization staff at New York Cancer & Blood Specialists will assist you with your insurance coverage. You may also contact your insurance company directly regarding your policy’s specific coverage components.

To Schedule an Appointment:
For outpatient treatment or evaluation, call 631-574-8303

NYCBS Physical Therapy Location:
1500 Route 112
Washington Professional Plaza - Building #4
Port Jefferson Station, NY 11776