Breast Cancer Physical Therapy

by Prodyut Das
(New Delhi, India)

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Breast Cancer Physical Therapy Minimizes Side Effects

Prodyut Das and the Outpatient Rehabilitation team at NIMT Hospital, Pari Chowk, Greater Noida, meet with patients to-

  • assess their condition,

  • including their range of motion and

  • pain level,

  • and begin a course of exercises to regain strength and flexibility.

One of the most effective ways to treat the side effects of breast cancer treatment is to begin a provider-approved course of arm exercises. Occupational and physical therapists can teach patients basic exercises that will stretch and strengthen the muscles of the chest, back, shoulders and arms, preventing stiffness and reducing pain . After breast surgery many patients develop tightness in their chest wall and range of motion limitations. Through exercises and massage the Pink Ribbon Program can help patients get back to the normal range of motion they had prior to surgery.

Increased flexibility can improve a patient’s posture, which helps with pain management. And a supervised, gradual return to exercise can also reduce both nerve irritation and fatigue.

Patients can begin a physical therapy program after adequate healing of the incision. One of the benefits of rehabilitation and physical therapy is that exercise can help with fatigue, which is a very common complaint among patients with breast cancer.

Recognition and prevention of lymphedema, a post-surgery complication risk, is also critical in breast cancer rehabilitation . Lymphedema manifests itself as swelling in one of the arms because of a blockage of lymph passages and the body’s inability to drain fluid from surrounding tissues.

Prodyut integrates the search for signs of lymphedema into his work with patients. Some patients first notice a swelling in the fingers or hands, and it can be in the first year or two after surgery, or as much as ten or twenty years later, though that is much less common.

The treatment for lymphedema has four components:

  • education about skin care,

  • compression,

  • manual lymphatic drainage or massage and

  • exercise.

Compression is really the mainstay, and some patients must continue to wear a compression garment long term to keep the swelling under control. “Only a small percentage of patients are afflicted with lymphedema, but it is critical to recognize it immediately and begin treatment,” notes Prodyut.

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Oct 19, 2015
Breast Cancer
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Apr 21, 2012
Top Celebrities who beat Breast Cancer
by: Kesh

1) Kylie Minogue: The Australian pop-star was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 37. It was an aggressive form of cancer and Kylie had to go through 8 months of chemotherapy and surgeries. In an emotional interview, she revealed how she was misdiagnosed at first which led to the cancer becoming more aggressive. Apart from medical aid, she also used other alternatives like Reiki, nutrition, visualization practices, etc.

2)Christina Applegate: Christina Applegate had to undergo treatment for breast cancer in the year 2008. The cancer was detected early and, the star was able to recover successfully. Applegate’s mum was also a breast cancer survivor, and she opted for double mastectomy to be safe.

3)Sheryl Crow: Sheryl Crow joined the long list of celebrities diagnosed with breast cancer, in 2006. She had to undergo a minimally invasive surgery and radiation therapy to be cured of the disease. According to the singer, the disease made her re-evaluate life; she adopted a baby the next year.

4)Melissa Etheridge: American rock singer, Melissa Eltheridge was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2004. Right in the middle of her chemotherapy sessions she was nominated for a Grammy. The disease did not stop her from performing at the Grammys. Her rendition of Janis Joplin's 'Piece of my Heart' not only won her a lot of praise and admiration but also inspired people affected by cancer.

Mar 24, 2012
by: Prerna

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