Physical Therapy After Breast Cancer Surgery
Department of Physical Therapy Services at Dana Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center (DF/BWCC) offers a variety of in-patient and out-patient services to alleviate the physical impact of surgery and medical management following breast cancer diagnosis. Our therapists work closely with surgeons, medical oncologists and radiation oncologists to provide physical therapy services to patients throughout the continuum of care for breast cancer.
Our physical therapists working with individuals with breast cancer are experts in the field who are dedicated to ensuring patients achieve the highest level of function and quality of life following cancer treatment. Physical therapists work with patients to alleviate physical signs that may arise from surgical or medical treatment for breast cancer. Through hands on interventions and therapeutic exercise prescription, therapists’ help patients reduce pain; improve flexibility, strength, endurance and range of motion following cancer treatment, thus improving their function and quality of life. Click here to learn more about the Breast Cancer Rehabilitation Program.
Our services include:
In-Patient Breast Cancer Rehabilitation Program
All patients following mastectomy or axillary lymph node dissection will be seen by a physical therapist on the first day after surgery. The intent of this program is to provide patients with relevant information regarding daily activities and exercises after breast surgery. During a one to one session, patients will receive information about activity precautions following surgery and lymphedema prevention. Patients will also be educated on different exercises they can perform following surgery to help maintain their shoulder and arm range of motion and help them to return to their daily routines faster. Click here for more information about physical therapy after breast surgery.
In-Patient physical therapy following breast reconstruction
All patients following breast reconstruction will be evaluated and treated by a physical therapist on the first day after your surgery. The physical therapy program is designed to help you gain your independence with mobility, walking and daily activities as you recover from your surgery in the hospital. The physical therapist will review your activity precautions, instruct you in different types of exercises to promote flexibility, range of motion and relaxation in your chest wall, shoulders and upper extremities. The goal of physical therapy during your acute hospital stay is to ensure that you are able to get in and out of bed independently, walk household distances safely are aware of your activity precautions prior to discharge from the hospital. Based on your clinical needs you may be referred to our outpatient physical therapy clinics for further progression of your therapeutic protocols. Click here for more information about physical therapy after DIEP/SGAP Flap Reconstruction.
Outpatient Lymphedema clinic
Dana Farber/ Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center outpatient lymphedema clinic is part of a comprehensive Women’s Health Physical Therapy Program offered at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, 850 Boylston Street outpatient physical therapy department.
Physical and occupational therapists certified in lymphedema management, work with patients to provide bandaging, manual lymphatic drainage, therapeutic exercises, self massage training and compression garment fitting for patients who have lymphedema.
This page was last modified on 10/20/2011