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    Surviving Glioblastoma Multiforme: Martín Romero Sanchez Beats the Odds and Refocuses His Life

    Dr. Demireva focuses her practice on cognitive function in patients treated for brain tumors and cancer-related neurological disorders. Her arrival at TIRR added strength to the growing cancer rehabilitation program.

    As a clinical neuropsychologist fellowship trained at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Petya Demireva, Ph.D., focuses her practice on cognitive function in patients treated for brain tumors and cancer-related neurological disorders. Her arrival at TIRR Memorial Hermann in October 2015 added strength to the hospital’s growing cancer rehabilitation program.

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  • Sandy Miller

    New Directions in Cancer Rehabilitation: Q&A with Sandy Miller, RN, NE-BC, and Carolina Gutiérrez, MD

    Sandy Miller, senior VP of the oncology service line at Memorial Hermann, and Carolina Gutiérrez, a fellowship trained physiatrist at TIRR, address current issues in cancer survivorship and rehabilitation.

    More than 14 million people are cancer survivors in the U.S., a number expected to rise to almost 19 million by the year 2024. Many survivors say they felt very supported during treatment but found it hard to transition to a new way of life when medical care ended. In response to these and other needs, facilities across the Memorial Hermann Cancer Network offer rehabilitation programs to help cancer survivors move forward. Sandy Miller, RN, NE-BC, and Carolina Gutiérrez, MD, address current issues in cancer survivorship and rehabilitation.

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  • Elias Torres

    Elías Torres: Rehabilitation Improves a Life After Head and Neck Cancer

    Lymphedema is a very common diagnosis after lifesaving head and neck cancer treatments, and it profoundly affects patients’ quality of life.

    Lymphedema is a very common diagnosis after lifesaving head and neck cancer treatments, and it profoundly affects patients’ quality of life. Among those who have developed lymphedema is Elías Torres, who benefited from the teamwork between TIRR Memorial Hermann Outpatient Rehabilitation and the division of Head and Neck Surgical Oncology at Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center. The interdisciplinary collaboration brings together surgical oncologists and rehabilitation professionals focused on improving life for survivors before, during and after cancer treatment.

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  • Vern Oakum Survives Breast Cancer with Flying Colors

    In men, breast cancer is a rare disease, accounting for less than 1 percent of cases. About 2,600 men will be diagnosed this year in the U.S., according to the American Cancer Society.

    Last year Vern Oakum was among the men surprised with a diagnosis of breast cancer. “I noticed a lump on the left side of my chest and thought it was a pulled muscle because I’d been working out the week before,” says Oakum, who is 54. “When it didn’t go away, I went to my primary care physician, who ordered an ultrasound and mammogram, both of which came back inconclusive.” After reviewing the results, Oakum’s doctor referred him to Liz Lee, MD, a breast surgeon affiliated with Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center. She saw him early the following morning for an examination and biopsy.

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  • Leigh Rozelle during physical therapy

    On Making the Breast Cancer Treatment Decision: A Personal Story

    Leigh Rozelle found the lump purely by accident, just three days before Christmas. As she crossed her arms, she felt a golf ball-size knot on the outer side of her left breast.

    Dr. Holmes referred Rozelle for prehabilitation – occupational therapy in advance of mastectomy to optimize the outcome and help improve quality of life after treatment. “I’m a big believer in prehabilitation,” Dr. Holmes says. “When we see cancer patients, we’re very aware that they have lives beyond diagnosis and treatment. Patients who have mastectomy and lymph node dissection, as Leigh did, will lose some range of motion in the arm and shoulder on the affected side and also be at risk for lymphedema. If a patient is deconditioned before chemotherapy, an exercise program can help with fatigue during treatment. We can address all of these challenges before treatment.”

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    Strength Unlimited Offers Cancer Survivors Exercise Program in Memorial City

    A new cancer exercise and education program is available at TIRR Memorial Hermann Outpatient Rehabilitation-Memorial City.

    A new cancer exercise and education program is available at TIRR Memorial Hermann Outpatient Rehabilitation-Memorial City. This program is part of TIRR Memorial Hermann’s Strength Unlimited, a community-based wellness and recovery program for children and adults that provides an enriched environment for people of all levels of ability to optimize their recovery and create a path for lifelong health and well being.

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  • Jennifer Kennedy

    A Star Patient: Jennifer Kennedy Recovers from Surgery for Spinal Cord Tumor

    It’s not uncommon for patients treated for spinal cord tumor to require rehabilitation following surgery; among them was Jennifer Kennedy.

    It’s not uncommon for patients treated for spinal cord tumor to require rehabilitation following surgery. Among them was Alabama resident Jennifer Kennedy, who was referred to Laurence Rhines, MD, professor of neurosurgery at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, when her neurosurgeon in Birmingham discovered a complex cervical spinal cord tumor. Thanks to the cancer center’s collaboration with TIRR Memorial Hermann, Kennedy was able to return to work four months after her surgery.

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  • Anna de Joya

    Shifting Paradigms in Cancer Rehabilitation: MD Anderson Cancer Center and TIRR Memorial Hermann Sponsor Symposium

    More than 14 million people are cancer survivors in the United States, a number expected to rise to almost 19 million by the year 2024.

    Approximately 200 healthcare professionals, including physicians, nurses, therapists, case managers, social workers and psychologists, attended the 1st MD Anderson Cancer Center and TIRR Memorial Hermann Cancer Rehabilitation Symposium, held May 13-14 at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. The symposium focused on “Shifting Paradigms in Cancer Rehabilitation.”

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  • Rhonda Abbott

    Life After Cancer: Now What?

    Cancer rehabilitation has emerged as an important part of the comprehensive treatment programs offered through the Memorial Hermann Cancer Network.

    Cancer rehabilitation has emerged as an important part of the comprehensive treatment programs offered through the Memorial Hermann Cancer Network. Patients also benefit from prehabilitation, which helps prevent or lessen the severity of anticipated treatment-related problems that could lead to later disability. TIRR Memorial Hermann takes rehabilitation a step further through Strength Unlimited, a community-based wellness and recovery program that provides an enriched environment for people of all levels of ability to optimize their recovery and create a path for lifelong health and well being.

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US News and World Report Best Hospitals Badge
Nationally Ranked Rehabilitation

For the 31st consecutive year, TIRR Memorial Hermann is recognized as the best rehabilitation hospital in Texas and No. 3 in the nation according to U.S. News and World Report's "Best Rehabilitation Hospitals" in America.

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