Cancer Rehab Program

The Cancer Rehab Program at Frisbie Memorial Hospital aims to increase patients’ quality of life, reduce depression, relieve fatigue, improve heart and lung performance, enhance muscular strength and endurance, and increase flexibility and balance. Our exercise program is rooted in the protocols established by the Rocky Mountain Cancer Rehabilitation Institute (RMCRI), which is part of the Northern University of Colorado, and has been researching the impact of exercise on cancer patients since 1996.

We have adapted the RMCRI’s four-phase program and married it to our physical therapy knowledge to offer a multidisciplinary approach to patients experiencing chemo toxicity and deconditioning as a result of their primary cancer treatments.

Evaluation & Plan

We perform an initial evaluation that looks at the whole person and the phase of cancer treatment you are currently undergoing or whether you have completed your active treatment phases. During this initial evaluation, we will perform certain tests to measure your cardiovascular performance and strength at the start of the program, which will allow us to follow your progress over the course of the program.


Our core treatments are always one-on-one and set at a level appropriate to your cancer diagnosis and physical condition when you enter the program, and include individually tailored:

  • Cardiovascular exercise
  • Strength training
  • Balance training
  • Flexibility

Do I need Rehab?

All cancer diagnoses can benefit from a cancer exercise program. Recent research has overwhelmingly supported exercise to treat and prevent the negative physical and psychological side effects of cancer treatment.

Key Questions:

  • Are you feeling generally weak or is your fatigue disproportionate to the activity you are doing?
  • Are you struggling with depression caused by your cancer treatment?
  • Do you have treatment-related pain?
  • Has your cancer treatment left you with tingling, numbness, instability, difficulty balancing or walking in your extremities?
  • Has your quality of life been affected by your cancer treatment?


South Main Street Campus
95 South Main Street
Rochester, NH 03867
(603) 330-8952
Mon. & Tues.: 6:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Wed. & Thurs.: 6:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.; Fridays: 6:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
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Meet the Therapists

Our leading Physical Therapists are specialists in various rehabilitation techniques which are either targeted at a particular cancer diagnosis or focused on a range of cancer treatment-related symptoms that are common to all cancer diagnoses.

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