Cancer treatments can cause significant pain, fatigue, and disability and the journey to wellness for cancer patients can be a tough one. OSF HealthCare is committed to offering the best services available for cancer survivors by implementing the STAR Program® (Survivorship Training and Rehabilitation). The goal of the program is to minimize the effects of cancer treatments and partner with patients to achieve the best quality of life possible.
OSF Rehabilitation Mission Partners throughout the system have been specially trained and equipped with the latest knowledge in oncology rehab care. These employees are certified as STAR Clinicians® and will use research-based protocols proven to help cancer survivors optimally heal and function.
All survivors in need, whether they are beginning treatment, finished with treatment, or experiencing late effects or unresolved issues from treatment long ago, can be served by this program. It is open to all survivors no matter the prognosis, cancer stage, or phase of recovery.
“We want our patients to achieve their maximum performance, regardless of where they are in their cancer diagnosis, “said Heather Sheski, STAR Clinical Coordinator. “The STAR Program® and training allows us to help patients improve their quality of life and give them the tools they need to be successful.”
Through the STAR Program, our trained specialists help patients cope with:
Inability to return to work
Difficulty caring for children/grandchildren
Limited motility due to safely concerns (walking, driving, etc.)
Inability to travel and take vacations
Difficulty with dressing, bathing, chores, or shopping
The STAR Program (Survivorship Training and Rehabilitation) is a nationally recognized cancer survivorship certification, focused on improving the lives of survivors who suffer from the side effects caused by cancer treatments. The STAR Program provides patients with coordinated cancer rehabilitation supported by a team of specially trained certified STAR Clinicians® and Providers. As a STAR Program patient, you will receive individualized, comprehensive rehabilitation treatment to improve the symptoms affecting your daily functioning and quality of life.
Learn more at osfhealthcare.org/star or call the John and Melissa Besse Physical Rehabilitation and Wellness Center at 233-4141.