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Rosomak Centre for Oncological Rehabilitation and Lymphology in Ustroń

Malignant neoplasms are the second, after cardiovascular diseases, most common cause of death in Poland, accounting for approximately 20% of deaths. In the United States, Canada and Western European countries the curability rates for malignant neoplasms are up to 50%, whereas in Poland no more than 30% of cases are cured. This means that in the USA one in two patients survives over 5 years from the diagnosis, and in Poland only one in three.

The reasons for such high mortality rates linked to neoplastic diseases, including breast cancer, are:

  • Limited awareness of the risk factors for neoplastic diseases in society,
  • Ignoring the first symptoms and delaying medical consultation,
  • Ineffective health care system – long waiting lists for treatment,
  • Lack of fully effective medications and therapies, despite substantial investments in their development.

It has been found that incidence of neoplasms is determined in ca. 15% of cases by genetic factors, in 53% by patient's lifestyle, and in 32% by external factors, such as environmental pollution. Breast neoplasms are caused by genetic factors in 27% of cases. This does not imply, however, that the disease will develop in all carriers of mutant genes. A lot depends on their place of residence and lifestyle.

The Rosomak Centre for Oncological Rehabilitation and Lymphology was created to help the increasing number of oncological patients who require locomotor improvement.

The Centre includes Rehabilitation Department for women after a neoplastic disease of female reproductive organs, and the Sanatorium Department for other patients following oncological treatment.

Oncological rehabilitation is very complex due to the crucial role of the psychological factor, i.e. the prevailing fear of cancer and lack of faith in the possibility of a cure. Moreover, in the case of breast cancer or cancer of the female reproductive organs, a woman's sexual identity is affected, which influences her sense of femininity, motherhood, eroticism and social function.

Initially, oncological rehabilitation was limited to the enhancement of the locomotor functions and providing prosthesis after procedures which reduce the level of physical fitness. Modern oncological rehabilitation covers a range of psychological and social problems, considering them as part of the holistic treatment of the patient suffering with cancer. Two fundamental goals of rehabilitation are prevention and treatment of complications or functional disorders inevitably resulting from therapy, due to its specificity. Physical activity, which stimulates the immune system of the organism and modifies its hormonal and metabolic function, is a significant factor in primary and secondary prevention of the neoplastic disease.

The main goals of rehabilitation at the Rehabilitation Department include:

  • Providing therapeutic continuity to oncological patients after surgical treatment, chemotherapy or radiotherapy,
  • Restoration of psychological and physical functions,
  • Assistance in adaptation to new conditions of life,
  • Teaching the principles of neoplastic disease prevention.

Rosomak Centre for Oncological Rehabilitation and Lymphology in Ustroń
Registration and information:

Rosomak Sanatorium
ul. Zdrojowa 2,
43-450 Ustroń
tel. + 48 33 854 25 37 extension 611
e-mail: ucrol@uzdrowisko-ustron.pl