Breast cancer is a type of cancerous tumour originating in the breast of an individual. It can develop in different areas of the breast (the ducts, the lobules, or the tissue in between) and later spread to different parts of the body if invasive.
Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women in India. Although male breast cancer is also a possibility, it occurs less frequently and as a result, it can lead to poorer outcomes due to late diagnosis.
The Breast Cancer Rehabilitation Program is uniquely designed to assist patients recovering from breast surgery and follow up radiation treatment. We understand the importance of taking the time to personalize each physiotherapy treatment plan, which helps patients return to the same functional level they had prior to surgery.
During each patient’s initial visit, our therapist performs an assessment for Breast Cancer patients:
- Surgical site tightness
- Early signs of lymphedema
- A range of motion, and
- Changes in functional activity level
Once the assessment is completed, the therapist develops a customized exercise and education program designed to meet the individual needs of each patient. In addition, physical therapy is available on an ongoing basis for patients with more involved shoulder dysfunction or lymphedema.
With the goal of maximizing a patient’s functional level and preventing any limiting disabilities, our Program’s protocol includes:
- Lymphedema assessment
- Shoulder function assessment
- Exercises for cancer-related fatigue and specific shoulder tightness
- Surgical site message
- On-going lymphedema assessment
All breast cancer patients can benefit from therapy but here are some questions to help you identify your own need for rehabilitation.
DO I NEED TO CONSULT - KEY QUESTIONS:
- Do you feel tightness in your armpit and chest with your arms up over your head?
- Do you see or feel thin cord-like bands in your armpit?
- Do you notice fluid collecting and/or thickening tissue in your incision area?
- Do your arms brush against swelling on the side of your chest area?
- Do you notice weakness in your affected shoulder or arm?
- Do you have achiness/heaviness or fatigue in your arm or side as your activity levels increase?
- Do you have tightness around your chest after surgery and/or receiving radiation therapy?
- Do you have any discomfort from implants after reconstructive surgery?
- Do you have treatment-related pain?
- Do you ever feel off-balance or dizzy?
- Do you experience tingling or numbness in your extremities?
- Are you feeling generally weak or is your fatigue disproportionate to the activity you are doing?
Any of those sound familiar?
If any of these have happened to you - we would love to help you by inviting you to request a call to talk to us and find out what can be done to help you. Call us, the phone call is free and there is no obligation to book any appointments with us after the call is over.
Our goal is to help our patients make better decisions about living their lives as normal, as fully and as actively as possible- both during cancer treatment and for years to come.