Oncology Physiotherapy For Breast Cancer

Breast Cancer is the most common form of cancer in women, with 1 in 8 diagnosed in Australia.

Treatment can be varied, and will range from surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy and hormone therapy.

Navigating your way through diagnosis, post operative recovery and the side effects of treatment is incredibly challenging, but there are so many incredible supports out there that can help you take some control back over your body, making you feel a little more like your old self again.

Oncology Physiotherapists have the skills to help assess and manage different issues and side effects that may occur during your cancer treatment and recovery.

Oncology physiotherapy for breast cancer patients focuses on 4 main areas

1. After your diagnosis, we can assess your baseline function and inform you about potential side effects and how you might lessen their impact.

2. After having surgery, we can teach you breathing and postural exercises to help with your recovery and regain your upper body movement.

3. We can also advise you on how to gradually get back into resistance exercise and fatigue management, which is often important for women after breast cancer diagnosis as some treatment medications can impact your bone density.

4. Hands on treatment for any impairments you may have relating to scar pain and tightness, and neck, shoulder and back pain and dysfunction.

Pelvic floor muscle training, core strengthening and education and advice on managing menopause symptoms can often be important, depending on your cancer type and treatment.

If you, or someone you know might benefit from Oncology physiotherapy, please ring us on 8356 1379.


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