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Health News 2 Use: Customized therapy helps patients recover

Posted at 7:41 PM, Jan 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-28 20:56:07-05

TULSA, Okla. — Cancer treatment is more than surgery, radiation and chemotherapy.

Physical and occupational therapy are also important tools in a patient's fight for a normal life.

Merideth Metz used customized therapy to recover from the side effects that can occur with treatment.

When a doctor told Metz to give up after her colon cancer diagnosis, she left and went to Cancer Treatment Centers of America in Tulsa about a year and a half ago.

"No active cancer as of last September, confirmed in October, and now, I'm here for my first three month check," Metz said.

Once her chemotherapy was done, she needed physical therapy, speech therapy and occupational therapy to help with neuropathy that's common after chemo.

"Our job is to focus on the patient's wants," said Barry Calvert, an occupational therapist with CTCA. "Trying to help them stay actively participating in those as best they can throughout the course of their treatment."

Calvert came up with a creative option, like art to document her journey towards healing.

Now, Metz is looking forward to her next effort in the new year.

To learn more about Cancer Treatment Centers of America, click here.

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