Cancer treatments can be very toxic and may cause significant pain, fatigue and disability. Winchester Hospital is pleased to offer the STAR Program (Survivorship Training and Rehabilitation), a nationally recognized program designed to improve the lives of people experiencing side effects from cancer treatment.

The STAR Program provides coordinated cancer rehabilitation from a team of specially trained, certified STAR Clinicians® and Providers.

Benefits of the STAR Program

Cancer rehabilitation is similar to other forms of rehabilitation after a serious illness or injury. Services include consultations, rehabilitation nurses, nutritionists, and physical, occupational and speech therapists.

These professionals can help with a wide variety of treatment-related conditions and their symptoms, including:

  • Pain
  • Weakness
  • Fatigue
  • Shoulder problems
  • Balance and gait problems
  • Memory and concentration issues
  • Swallowing and speech problems
  • Lymphedema 

Who Can Benefit from STAR?

If you have any problems that you did not have before your cancer diagnosis – especially if they interfere with your ability to function the way you did or your quality of life – you are a candidate for the STAR cancer rehabilitation program.

Your cancer rehabilitation plan will depend on individualized goals that focus on increasing strength and energy, managing pain and improving your functioning and quality of life.

Does Insurance Cover Cancer Rehabilitation?

Insurance coverage from professionals with health care degrees and licenses such as physical, occupational and speech therapy. Insurances usually will cover other services (such as nursing, mental health services and in some cases integrative therapies such as acupuncture and massage) if they are delivered in a health care setting. As with all insurance issues, check with your carrier about deductibles and co-pays.

For More Information and Appointments

For appointments or additional information, call Winchester Hospital’s Cancer Rehabilitation program at 781-729-6038. A provider referral is needed before therapies can begin.

Appointments are available at five convenient locations in Winchester, Woburn, Reading and Wilmington.

About Our Center for Cancer Care

Winchester Hospital’s Center for Cancer Care, home to the STAR Program, offers the highest level of clinical expertise combined with the utmost compassion and respect for the individual needs and privacy of patients and their families.

We understand how important it is for people with cancer to have access to state-of-the-art diagnostic and therapeutic services as well as expert, experienced care at every stage of treatment. That’s why we provide a collaborative, personalized approach to care, close to home.

Our multidisciplinary approach means you will have a team of caregivers working together to tailor your cancer treatment in the most effective way possible.

Winchester Hospital’s Center for Cancer Care is located at 620 Washington Street in Winchester. The center’s main phone number is 781-756-5000. Learn more about our state-of-the-art center.

Maternity Services

Winchester Hospital is recognized as one of the area’s most prominent obstetric hospitals, offering a 24-hour laborist program and a Special Care Nursery for newborns in need of specialized medical care.

DAISY Award for Nursing

At Winchester Hospital, we honor our nurses through the DAISY Award program, a nationally recognized award given to nurses for their professionalism and patient-centered care.