Breast oncology physiotherapy
Fast, effective treatment of complications following breast cancer treatment
Breast cancer is the most common cancer affecting women.
The good news is there is a 90% survival rate after diagnosis.
There are a number of additional health complications that many women experience following breast cancer treatment. Physiotherapists have the expertise necessary to lessen or even eliminate these problems.
Specialised prevention and treatment
Lymphoedema is an accumulation of fluid that occurs in the limb due to altered lymph drainage pathways.
All women who undergo breast cancer surgery are at risk of developing lymphoedema especially if they have undergone axillary lymph removal and/or radiation therapy. Lymphoedema may not appear until months or even years post treatment.
Physiotherapy plays an essential role in prevention and treatment of lymphoedema through exercises, lymphatic drainage massages and compression therapy.
We specialise in improving your life after Breast Cancer treatment
Specialist Sports and Spinal Physiotherapy have been treating breast cancer patients for over 20 years
Upper Extremity Dysfunction
We'll get you moving again.
Decreased range of motion, weakness, paraesthesia, rotator cuff strain, adhesive capsulitis and bursitis are common in the upper extremity after breast cancer surgery and/or radiation therapy. These symptoms can impact activities of daily living and result in decreased quality of life.
Physiotherapy is effective in managing post-surgical musculoskeletal symptoms.
Bone Density Loss and Fatigue
Loss in bone density and fatigue are frequently caused by cancer treatment yet poorly managed symptoms reported by cancer patients.
Physiotherapists can help cancer patients manage fatigue and improve bone density by designing a graduated weight bearing exercise program to increase strength and energy levels and provide advice.
Specialist Sports and Spinal Physiotherapy is currently completing a research project in conjunction with Professor Arleen Chan of Breast Cancer WA to investigate the effect of exercise on fatigue during treatment.