St. Luke's Launches Cancer Rehabilitation Program
On February 23, St. Luke’s celebrated the launch of its Survivorship
Training and Rehabilitation (STAR) Program with a short ceremony and an
opportunity for the public to meet the STAR certified team.
The STAR Program provides individualized treatment plans for cancer patients.
These comprehensive plans focus on increasing strength, improving energy,
managing pain, and decreasing symptoms affecting function and quality
of life. Sharon Lahti, St. Luke’s rehabilitation manager, explained,
“Through the STAR program, we can continue to fulfill our commitment
to the patient above all else.”
The yearlong certification initiative involved numerous providers across
departments and STAR certified therapists are available at St. Luke’s
clinics across the region, including the Iron Range. “The group
of cancer survivors is growing and over one half have impairments that
affect their quality of life,” said Dr. Anne Silva-Benedict, St.
Luke’s Regional Cancer Center oncologist. “The STAR Program
allows these impairments to be recognized and works to improve quality
of life and empower patients.”
BELOW: St. Luke's STAR certified therapists