I was reading this great article, “Survivors Face a Major Gap in Post-Cancer Care”, on WBUR.org the other day and it brought up a good point, that most of the doctor’s never mention you should go to physical therapy after breast cancer surgeries and or radiation. As a cancer survivor I have to said it SHOULD be part of the regiment. It should be all of the “standard” treatments (like chemo, radiation and surgery) and then when your all done- physical therapy. I remember being surprised that the nurse recommended that I go for a lymphedema sleeve by a physical therapist. For plane trips and “just in case” I develop lymphedema. I am glad I went- after a mastectomy and radiation, I had T-rex arms- I could barely raise my arms above my head. My chest was tight, so tight it was painful. So not only did I get a sleeve I returned for 8 sessions of physical therapy to get my mobility back. And I am so glad I did! I went to Katrina Brow, at Winchester Hospital who specializes in breast cancer patients and lymphedema. And I did get my mobility back- thanks Katrina!
Rehab and Physical Therapy after Cancer treatment & surgeries!
This entry was written by Karen, posted on November 15, 2012 at 10:37 pm, filed under Chemotherapy, General Cancer Victory, Radiation, Surgery, Survivorship and tagged lymphe dema, lymphedema, physical therapy after cancer surgeries, physical therapy for lymphedema, rehab after cancer treatment. Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post. Both comments and trackbacks are currently closed.