How a women's health physio can help breast cancer patients

Breast Cancer

Breast cancer is the abnormal growth of the cells lining the breast lobules or ducts. These abnormal cells divide in an uncontrolled way and may eventually spread into other tissues. Though breast cancer can affect both men and women, it is uncommon in men. 1 in 7 women in the UK will develop breast cancer during their lifetime and around 150 people are diagnosed every day in the UK. However, studies suggest that if you make changes to your lifestyle, your risk of getting breast cancer could be reduced. Try this quiz to measure your risk and find out how to reduce it. Breast screening in the UK is available for women between the ages of 50 and 70. Regardless of your age, it is important to check your breasts monthly. If you notice any unusual changes or feel something is not right, it is important to seek medical help. Learn more about how to check your breasts from Coppafeel, a dedicated breast cancer charity.  

Treatment depends on the type of breast cancer you have, as well as your general health. Treatments may include surgery, chemotherapy, radiotherapy and hormone therapy.

The vast majority of breast cancer sufferers will require some form of surgery. Many patients report pre-operative anxiety, which can affect post-operative recovery. Studies have shown that pre-operative sessions can reduce anxiety and improve recovery for patients with breast cancer. Pre-operatively, a specialist oncology Physiotherapist will provide you with education and advice regarding your surgery, healing times, precautions and complications, as well as provide you with an exercise program which you can start immediately post-operatively.

Following surgery and treatment for breast cancer, you may encounter a few complications which can be alleviated with specialist Physiotherapy. Therapy may include joint mobilisations, myofascial release, massage, stretches and mobility exercises, pilates/core strengthening and a functional rehabilitation program to get you back to your normal daily activities, exercise and sports.

At White Hart Clinic, our specialist oncology physiotherapist Fara can assist you with the following breast cancer post-operative complications:

  • Cording (side effects of having lymph nodes removed)
  • Scar Tissue
  • Joint and muscular pain and stiffness
  • General deconditioning following chemotherapy
  • Rehabilitation following surgery and reconstruction
  • Support you to continue to exercise before, during and following treatment

Please contact us if you have any further questions. 


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