Breast Cancer Rehabilitation

Performance Therapy at Providence Saint John’s has created a new program for current breast cancer patients and breast cancer survivors.  This comprehensive program aims to maximize mobility, prevent/manage lymphedema, and increase overall strength.  Recent studies have shown that breast cancer survivors benefited from a supervised and individualized strength training program. 

WHAT COMMON ISSUES MAY ARISE FROM BREAST CANCER AND POST MASTECTOMY?

  • Pain
  • Decreased neck and shoulder mobility
  • Muscle weakness
  • Fatigue
  • Poor posture
  • Cardiovascular deconditioning
  • Increased risk for Lymphedema

Physical Therapy has been shown to be beneficial for improving overall health and quality of life during and after treatment for breast cancer.  Exercise can reduce symptoms including pain, nausea, and stress, while maintaining a good weight during treatments.  A physical therapist can help design a program that meets your individual needs safely.

Treatments can include:

  • Manual Therapy
    • Hands-on treatment to maximize mobility/flexibility
  • Exercise
    • Strength training
    • Cardiovascular training
    • May include: Therapeutic Pilates
  • Complete Decongestive Therapy
    • Compression bandaging or sleeve
    • Manual Lymph Drainage
  • Modalities
    • May include: Ultrasound, Low Level Laser
  • Self-Care skills