Neurocognitive rehabilitation utilizes a combination of treatment strategies to improve a patient’s quality of life. These therapies address the various language, motor, cognitive, and psychological impairments that can be caused by brain tumors.
Specific rehabilitation strategies will depend on, and be unique to, a patient’s condition and how the tumor has affected their daily life. For example, brain tumors can affect a patient’s ability to move and speak, and may even change the way they think. Various therapies can help improve certain deficits, like physical therapy to treat motor impairments, or memory training to improve memory.
As part of the Sheri Sobrato Brisson Brain Cancer Survivorship Program at UCSF, a multi-disciplinary team will assess your needs, and devise an individualized plan to help improve any language, motor, or cognitive impairments caused by the brain tumor.
The first visit includes:
- A baseline assessment of neurocognitive and motor functions, social structure, psychological, and language capabilities
- A review of medical imaging and prior oncological history
- Caregiver and family interviews
- A consultation to discuss relevant symptoms and concerns
- A rehabilitative plan, devised by experts in a range of rehabilitative therapies, to maximize quality of life and improve existing motor, language and cognitive limitations
At the end of these assessments, our team will provide the patient and referring physician with the following:
- A full summary of findings that focus on the patient and his or her short-term and long-term needs
- A summary of services and recommendations for caregivers
- Strategies to maximize and improve any existing motor, language and cognitive deficits
- A personalized comprehensive care plan
In addition, every aspect of the care plan is based on the unique needs, values and preferences of patients and their families. The timing and frequency of subsequent visits, treatment, rehabilitation and assessments will depend upon the patient’s individual care plan. These follow-up appointments allow for continued monitoring and support throughout the care process. As needs change, so will the treatment plan, focusing on both length of survival and quality of life.
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