Meet Our Patients

You want to gain strength and skills so that you can return to daily life. Our unique programs offer patients an opportunity to make that happen.

Tara's story

Active After Breast Cancer

Tara, diagnosed with breast cancer in early 2016 during a regular mammogram, was training for a 10-mile race. How would treatment affect her active lifestyle?

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Women's Health issues are a specialty of the AbilityLab

Women's Health

Our Women’s Health Rehabilitation program specializes in the unique health issues that can arise over the course of a woman’s lifetime.

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Chronic pain being treated at Shirley Ryan AbilityLab

Chronic Pain Programs

We have designed intensive, interdisciplinary programs to help you get your body and mind back on track so you can return to your life.

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How We Heal

Our Cancer Innovation Center provides specialized care, and the innovative treatments leveraged in our Ability Labs offer the greatest chance for your best outcome.

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Cancer Rehabilitation Innovation Center

Our Cancer Rehabilitation Innovation Center enhances collaboration between medicine and science, and incorporates research findings into our continuum of care.

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Legs + Walking Lab

The Margaret & Mark Stephan Legs + Walking Lab is designed for patients and research participants with diagnoses affecting lower-body function due to brain or spinal cord injury and diseases of the nerves, muscles and bones. Researchers and clinicians focus on advancing trunk, pelvic and leg function, movement, coordination, strength and balance.

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Arms + Hands Lab

The two-story Harris Family Foundation Arms + Hands Lab is a robust environment designed for patients and research participants working on recovering and strengthening complex hand and reaching skills — turning a key, picking up a pen, reaching for a glass, putting on a sweater…all the many things we do with our hands, arms and fingers.

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Think + Speak Lab

Recovering the ability to think, reason, perceive, swallow, eat, talk, interact with others and make decisions are key for returning to yourself, loved ones and life. In this Lab, combined therapeutic care and scientific application help you recover these building blocks of ability.

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Strength + Endurance Lab

Designed for patients and research participants working on building stamina and resilience, the Nancy W. Knowles Strength + Endurance Lab is where therapy is targeted to improve complex motor and endurance activities, coordination and higher-level activities of daily living (cooking, dressing, gardening, sports).

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Pediatric Lab

Pediatric patients (inpatient and outpatient) work with doctors, researchers and therapists in this kid-customized Grainger Pediatric Lab, scaled for smaller bodies, developing brains and appealing to young imaginations. 

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Science-Driven Care

With more than 350 clinical studies under way — some specifically dedicated to improving treatment of and recovery from cancer or cancer treatment — we offer you access to the world’s most advanced research, which can directly impact your recovery.


Clinical Trials & Research Studies