Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer that women will suffer in their lifetime. In 2018, one in eight women in the USA developed breast cancer and for men breast cancer affects one in a hundred. Modern medicine has vastly improved survival rates, but the effects of treatment can have negative impacts on patient’s emotional and physical health.
Treatment for breast cancer involves a combination of surgery (lumpectomy or mastectomy), radiation, chemotherapy, hormonal therapy and medication. Although lifesaving, post breast cancer treatment, women may experience any of the following impairments:
At PhysioMotion, our experienced team of therapists are able to return you to full health with our services:
Breast cancer – related lymphedema (BCRL) is a potentially debilitating and often irreversible complication of breast cancer treatment. Risk of BCRL is proportional to the extent of axillary surgery and radiation. Unfortunately, one in five people will develop BCRL and there is no curative treatment at present, but early diagnosis and management leads to best outcomes.
The implications of treatment for breast cancer for BRCL are:
At PhysioMotion, our Lymphedema Physiotherapist can help treat this condition with the internationally recognised standard of care Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT).
Treatment & management will consist of:
We will support and encourage you to return to full activities.
Research has shown that no activity level, occupation, or hobby is related to developing lymphedema. Resistance training has been shown to be safe and may assist in preventing lymphedema.