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Cancer Rehabilitation

TIRR Memorial Hermann offers comprehensive cancer rehabilitation in the inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation settings for all cancer survivors. We create individualized treatment programs that optimize a patient's journey to success in achieving personal goals, whether they are newly diagnosed or long finished with treatments. We provide an environment that gives the patients, their families and caregivers the opportunities to participate in important life roles and enhance their quality of life.

Cancer survivors may face the challenge of any of the following:

  • Deconditioning (impaired mobility)
  • Functional activity limitations such as decreased walking ability
  • Physical impairments/neurological deficits , including decreased strength, balance and/or coordination
  • Cancer-related fatigue
  • Peripheral neuropathy/plexopathy (changes in sensation)
  • Cognitive involvement
  • Pain/arthralgias
  • Lymphedema
  • Dysphagia (difficulty swallowing)
  • Diminished oral motor skills
  • Safety concerns
  • Support needed for reintegration into family, community and daily life
  • Anxiety
  • Depression

Cancer Rehabilitation Team

We have a knowledgeable outpatient oncology-dedicated interdisciplinary team that includes:

Additional benefits of an inpatient stay include:

Cancer Rehabilitation Therapies

The Cancer Rehabilitation Program at TIRR Memorial Hermann maximizes patient outcomes by providing:

  • An integrated, collaborative approach by our interdisciplinary team that addresses the medical, physical, functional, social and emotional needs of the patient for optimal independence.
  • A comprehensive evaluation of the patient's rehabilitation potential and customized, individualized programs to address a wide range of symptoms and diagnoses.
  • Evidence-based interventions through effective and innovative individual and group therapy sessions to achieve the highest possible functional level.
  • Community outings to address the patient's functional abilities with the goal of community reintegration.
  • Individualized and multidimensional cognitive rehabilitation interventions to address cognitive changes associated with cancer, also known as "Brain Fog" or "Chemo Brain"
  • Support groups, counseling, education classes and individualized training to prepare patients, families and caregivers for a safe discharge to home and the community.
  • Facilities and various types of equipment that are designed and tailored to meet the needs of individuals with cancer.
  • Discharge planning which can consist of outpatient rehabilitation, home therapy services, outpatient community-based health promotion programs, or support care.

Lymphedema Management

Lymphedema Management at TIRR Memorial Hermann Outpatient Rehabilitation

Lymphedema is a chronic and progressive condition characterized by swelling of the extremities. This is a serious condition and if not treated properly may cause difficulty with movement, infection and limb disfigurement. Lymphedema Management at TIRR Memorial Hermann Outpatient Rehabilitation offers comprehensive treatment for both primary and secondary forms of lymphedema to reduce swelling, improve comfort and increase overall mobility.


Our Lymphedema Management team consists of occupational therapists who are certified lymphedema specialists. Our complete rehabilitation team consists of expert occupational therapists, physical therapists, speech and language pathologists, social workers and neuropsychologists, in case there are other impairments that warrant treatment besides lymphedema.

Lymphedema Treatment

Phase I: Intense Treatment Phase

An evaluation consists of a one-hour session with subsequent treatment sessions of one to 1.5 hours in duration, four to five days per week for an average of four to six weeks or until maximum volume reduction is achieved.

Complete Decongestive Therapy includes:

  • Manual lymphatic drainage
  • Skin care
  • Compression bandaging
  • Therapeutic exercises
  • Self-care training
  • Patient and family education for gaining independence in managing lymphedema

Phase II: Self-Maintenance Phase

Once maximum volume reduction is achieved, the patient will be measured for a compression garment which will be worn during the day. Bandages or alternative nightwear compression should be used at night. Patients will need to continue to perform exercises, skin and nail care and self-manual lymphatic drainage, and to attend follow-up visits with the certified lymphedema therapist as needed.

Patient Stories

Scottie Thumb

After diagnosis and treatment for a brain tumor, Scottie received pediatric rehabilitation at TIRR Memorial Hermann to improve his ability to move, stand and walk.
Read the story »

Saleh Alzahrani

At the age of 12, Saleh underwent a successful surgery to remove a brain stem tumor and then returned to his daily life. At the age of 25, the cancer had returned and was located on the medulla - the lower part of the brain stem that connects with the spinal cord.
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Learn More

To learn more about the Cancer Rehabilitation Program at TIRR Memorial Hermann, please call us.

Make a Referral

TIRR Memorial Hermann Inpatient Rehabilitation

For inpatient referrals to TIRR Memorial Hermann, call the Admissions department at (713) 797-5942 or toll free at 1 (800) 44-REHAB (73422). Referrals may be made by patients, family members, physicians, social workers, case managers or discharge planners.

Our admissions team works closely with referring hospitals during the initial stages of illness to ensure a timely admission. Nurse liaisons, admissions nurses and admissions coordinators assist in the referral and admission process. Faxed referrals are also accepted at (713) 797-5988.


TIRR Memorial Hermann (Main Campus)
1333 Moursund
Houston, TX 77030

Download the Fact Sheet

Download the TIRR Memorial Hermann Rehab Specialty fact sheet for more information about the program and patient outcomes.


TIRR Memorial Hermann Outpatient Rehabilitation

A physician's order for Cancer Rehabilitation is required. Indicate cancer rehab on the orders for Outpatient Therapy Services script.


TIRR Memorial Hermann Outpatient Rehabilitation at the Kirby Glen Center
2455 S. Braeswood
Houston, TX 77030

For appointments:

1-800-44-REHAB (73422)
(713) 797-5942

Fax: (713( 797-5988

TIRR Memorial Hermann Outpatient Rehabilitation at Memorial City
929B Gessner, Suite 108
Houston, TX 77024

For appointments:

1-800-44-REHAB (73422)
(713) 797-5942

Fax: (713( 797-5988

TIRR Memorial Hermann Outpatient Rehabilitation at Northwest
1635 North Loop West
Houston, TX 77008

For appointments:

1-800-44-REHAB (73422)
(713) 797-5942

Fax: (713( 797-5988

Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.