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Rehabilitation after Breast Surgery

Rehabilitation specialists at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) provide physical therapy and occupational therapy for breast cancer patients to alleviate the physical impact of surgery and medical management. 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.

Depending upon your needs, care may be provided by a single therapist or a team of physicians and rehabilitation professionals who will develop a treatment plan tailored to your abilities and goals. Our objective is to help you regain your skills so you can live a full and independent life.

Patient Information

The Brigham and Women’s Hospital breast cancer surgeons have prepared the following information sheets to help you following your surgery. These information sheets give information about your drains, offer tips on lymphedema management—and more.

Rehabilitation Services Locations

Brigham and Women’s Hospital Department of Rehabilitation Services
Physical and Occupational Therapy Ambulatory Service
Main Campus Location
70 Francis Street, 1st Floor
Carl J. and Ruth Shapiro Cardiovascular Center
Boston, MA 02115
(617) 732-5304

Brigham and Women’s Hospital Department of Rehabilitation Services
Brigham and Women’s Health Care Center, Chestnut Hill
850 Boylston Street
Chestnut Hill, MA
(617) 732-9525

Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital Rehabilitation Services
1153 Center Street
Jamaica Plain, MA
(617) 983-7271

Brigham and Women’s/Mass General Health Care Center at Foxborough Rehabilitation Services
20 Patriot Place
Foxborough, MA
(508) 718-4040


Learn more about the types of breast cancer at Susan G. Komen.

Access information about breast cancer through The American Society of Breast Surgeons Foundation.

Visit the Kessler Health Education Library in the Bretholtz Center for Patients and Families to access computers and knowledgeable staff.

Access a complete directory of patient and family services.


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