Rehabilitation program helps cancer survivors

STAR Program at Sisters of Providence Health System

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (Mass Appeal) – Sisters of Providence Health System’s STAR program, which stands for Survivorship Training and Rehabilitation, is focused on helping cancer survivors heal physically, emotionally and spiritually. Dr. Philip Glynn, Director of Oncology Services at Sister Caritas Cancer Center and Jill Legates, Director of Rehabilitation Services at Weldon Rehabilitation Services, shared more about the STAR program.

STAR Program Cancer Rehabilitation Locations

Weldon Rehabilitation Outpatient Services
175 Carew Street, Springfield
(413) 748-6880

Mercy Wellness Center at Healthtrax
45 Crane Avenue, East Longmeadow
(413) 525-7813

For more information call (413) 748-6880 or visit

Cancer Rehabilitation
Improving the quality of life of cancer survivors

Cancer Rehabilitation
At Mercy Medical Center, we are dedicated to helping cancer survivors function at the highest level possible. Cancer treat-ments (surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy) can result in pain, fatigue, weakness and functional loss for survivors. The goal of the STAR Program® (Survivorship Training and Rehabilitation), is to minimize these side effects and to en-courage cancer survivors to have the best quality of life pos-sible. The STAR Program provides patients with coordinated cancer rehabilitation supported by a team of certified STAR Clinicians® and

As a STAR Program patient, you will receive comprehensive cancer rehabilitation treatment to improve the symptoms af-fecting your daily functioning and quality of life. These may include fatigue, musculoskeletal pain, joint stiffness, limb swelling (lymphedema), weakness, memory problems, bal-ance, and issues with talking or swallowing.

Our Team
Our cancer rehabilitation program is provided by trained pro-fessionals who have successfully completed the STAR Program Certification Course. Our team consists of physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, physical therapists, occupational therapists, and speech-language pathologists. Each team member pro-vides expertise, guidance, training and support throughout rehabilitation treatment.

Your Rehabilitation Plan
Your cancer rehabilitation plan will be individualized to your needs, focusing on increasing strength and energy, managing pain and improving your functioning and quality of life. Ad-ditional resources are also available to you if you need them. A helpful tool is the STAR Program Survivor Guidebook, that provides valuable tips including how to set specific goals as well as suggestions about exercise, nutrition, and sleep.

Insurance Coverage
Most cancer rehabilitation services in the STAR Program are reimbursed by health insurance providers. Check your insur-ance plan for specific rehabilitation benefits.

Promotional consideration provided by Mercy Medical Center.

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