Center For Survivorship
Oncology Rehabilitation and Research

About Center for Survivroship


Center for Survivorship strives to improve the quality of life for cancer survivors, educate healthcare professionals, and participate in research focusing on cancer survivorship and rehabilitation.

Physical Therapy

Side Effects of Cancer Treatment

Every treatment for cancer has side effects.  Oncology Rehabilitation and physical therapy treats the side effects through education, exercise and manual therapy.  Side effects are prevented, decreased in intensity and incidence and are able to be managed to maintain a good quality of life.

Treatable Side Effects Include:

  • Cancer Related Fatigue
  • Neuropathy
  • Decreased Strength, Flexibility & Endurance
  • Pain
  • Lymphedema
  • Mental Fogginess
  • Balance Concerns
  • Osteoporosis/Osteopenia
  • Insomnia
  • Cancer Recurrence

About the Owner
Dr. Deb Doherty PT, PhD, CEAS

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Dr. Doherty is an Associate Professor in the Physical Therapy Program at Oakland University and a Cancer Rehabilitation Specialist. She co-developed the first Graduate Certification for Oncology Rehabilitation program for physical therapists which began fall of 2012. Dr. Doherty developed the first Comprehensive Oncology Rehabilitation Program at St. Mary's of Michigan in Saginaw and Hills and Dales General Hospital in Cass City.

Dr. Doherty is actively involved in research through Oakland University focusing on Oncology Rehabilitation with an emphasis on Survivorship Programs and interventions for improving the quality of life for cancer survivors. 

She is serving as the Michigan Physical Therapy Association representative for the Michigan Cancer Consortium as well as having been newly elected to serve on the Board of Directors. Dr. Doherty received her Bachelor's Degree in Physical Therapy from Northwestern University, her PhD in Anatomy from Michigan State University and is a Certified Ergonomics Assessment Specialist.

She is a frequent lecturer on the topic of Oncology Rehabilitation to medical professionals and survivors.


Hummingbird Courage

You may have noticed the logo for Center for Survivorship is centered around the image of a hummingbird. The hummingbird is incredibly courageous with many parallels to cancer suvivors.

Although small and fragile, the hummingbird is resilient and able to travel incredible distances choosing their own path in life. They accomplish what seems impossible to some, while remaining graceful and embracing the journey.

Embrace Your Journey. Embrace Your Hummingbird Courage.