What is Occupational Therapy?
After treatment for a brain tumor, you may experience difficulty doing the day-to-day things that you are used to, such as work around the house, hobbies, or tasks related to your career or profession. Occupational therapists work with you to return to the activities that you enjoy. From cooking to playing sports, your occupational therapist will work with you to set your personal goals and help you achieve them through a personalized strategy of therapeutic interventions.
The primary goal of occupational therapy is to improve your health and ability to physically function on a day-to-day basis.
Why Should I Pursue Occupational Therapy?
After surgical treatment for a brain tumor, occupational therapy may help you greatly improve your quality of life by helping you get back to your favorite activities. Being able to pursue hobbies and handle your normal day-to-day responsibilities may also help combat feelings of depression or anxiety that are common after a major medical event such as diagnosis and treatment for a brain tumor.
Anne Murray is one GBM patient who is an occupational therapist herself, and she set a goal for herself: she wanted to be able to dance at her son’s wedding. Read about her journey here: https://www.curetoday.com/publications/cure/2018/rare-cancers-2018/turning-the-tide-in-glioblastoma
When Can Patients Access Occupational Therapy?
Many patients will receive some occupational therapy sessions while they are still inpatient after surgery to remove a brain tumor. After you get home, occupational therapy can happen in an outpatient setting or even in your own home.
How To Access Occupational Therapy After Brain Tumor Treatment
More than half of patients will begin occupational therapy while in the hospital following treatment for a brain tumor, but occupational therapy should not end there. Your medical team is the best resource for a local referral to an occupational therapist who is best suited to address your specific goals. You insurance may cover occupational therapy, and your hospital’s finance department can be an excellent resource for making occupational therapy affordable.