Physical therapist Stephanie Dotson talks with Illinois Public Media's Jim Meadows about the STAR cancer rehabilitation program at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center in Bloomington.
Many hospitals have special units devoted to treating cancer patients. The STAR Program is devoted to providing service to patients after their treatment. Stephanie Dotson oversees the program at OSF St. Joseph. It's used by hospitals and clinics in more than 40 states.
In Illinois, the STAR Program has been adopted by hospitals and clinics in Bloomington/Normal, Pontiac (at OSF St. James/Albrecht Medical Center), Springfield, and in the Peoria, Chicago and St. Louis metro areas.
The STAR Program was originated by Dr. Julie Silver, an associate professor at Harvard Medical School and a cancer survivor herself.