Columbus Community Hospital

Thrive Cancer Rehabilitation Care

A cancer diagnosis can be traumatic, and so can its lifesaving treatments. Chemotherapy, radiation therapy and surgery may harm health and cause serious medical problems that interfere with daily function and well-being. Cancer survivors are commonly plagued with symptoms such as fatigue, weakness, insomnia, memory loss, fear, anxiety and depression.

Columbus Community Hospital's Thrive Cancer Rehabilitation Care was created to help survivors physically and emotionally heal from the side effects of treatment so they can recover more quickly and more completely than they would otherwise. The program provides guided care offered by dedicated experts so that survivors can reach their optimal recovery.

Thrive Cancer Rehabilitation Care addresses the following treatable symptoms in patients with cancer:

  • Weakness or fatigue.
  • Difficulty dressing/bathing/reaching for things.
  • Inability to complete work or household duties.
  • Pain.
  • Persistent swelling.
  • Problems with memory or speech.
  • Muscle weakness/paresis.
  • Joint pain/stiffness.
  • Impaired balance/dizziness.
  • Difficulty walking.
  • Difficulty swallowing.
  • Change in appetite/significant weight change.
  • Bowel/bladder problems.
  • Shortness of breath.
  • Changes in mood.

Program results

Every one of the patient-reported symptoms listed above can respond well to the treatment interventions of Thrive Cancer Rehabilitation Care, which is only available at CCH’s Rehabilitative Services. 


“Before [cancer rehabilitation] at CCH, I couldn’t get myself off the couch. The therapists find things you can do. They create a program specifically for you. My energy level is much better.” ~ Tom L., prostate cancer survivor

“Therese and Megan created an individualized program for me. I really liked using the Interactive Metronome technology, and I think it helped make my thinking clearer again.” ~ Rae F., stage 3 colon cancer survivor

CCH offers one-on-one consultations, free of charge, to help people create a comprehensive approach to their cancer care plan.

Other services for cancer patients

The following are additional services for cancer patients at Columbus Community Hospital:

Contact us 

To set up an appointment or for more information, please call Rehab Services at 402-562-3333.

CCH’s Thrive Cancer Rehabilitation Care co-coordinators are Jill Jakub, MOTR/L, CLT, and Michell Ruskamp, MS, CCC-SLP, who work collaboratively with Columbus-area providers of medical oncology, surgery, radiation oncology, oncology nursing navigation and social services.

If you would like more information about Thrive Cancer Rehabilitation Care, please fill out the Thrive Cancer Rehabilitation Care request form.

Support for Thrive Cancer Rehabilitation Care services and extensive clinician training in cancer rehab has come from the Columbus Community Hospital Foundation.