FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
“WHAT CAN I DO TO REDUCE MY RISK OF HAVING BREAST CANCER RETURN?”
After Breast Cancer Diagnosis, many women describe the worries they have about what their future may hold,
types of side effects they may experience from their treatments or, what finishing treatment means in relation to the rest of their lives.
If these questions tend to sit on your mind, I invite you to sign up for the Rehab Back to Function newsletter for updated information and perspective from a PT with experience in Breast Cancer Rehab.
“WHAT AM I SUPPOSED TO EXPECT AFTER BREAST CANCER TREATMENT?
Many women believe that having the treatment means that they can go home to recover and put this chapter behind them immediately.
However, for some women there are lingering effects such as fatigue, difficulty with full range of weakness and even arm weakness. The bottom line is, you and your treatment time have likely done everything right. Any intervention in this area of the body does take its toll, and side effects may be mild, but still irritating.
"WILL PHYSICAL OR OCCUPATIONAL THERAPISTS BE ABLE TO HELP ME?"
Having therapy from a therapist, especially those trained in breast cancer rehab and have lymphedema certification, have additional tools and guidance that can help you make progress using stretching, mild exercise and breathing.
These are some of the most common questions I have encountered as a Physical Therapist working one-on-one with women. Feel free to email me with any additional questions.
REHAB BACK TO FUNCTION
Breast Cancer Awareness Is Not Just a Month. . .
It is EVERYDAY.
With millions of women newly diagnosed each year with breast cancer, heavy emphasis is placed on detection and treatment. This has left there to be less emphasis placed on understanding and explaining the effects of prolonged stress, fatigue, pain, uncertainty and permanent changes to the body that women experience during and after treatment.
We are AMAZING, and we can adapt physically and emotionally through every battle, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t questions or concerns that have an answer.
A great deal of time and energy has been placed into research for a cure, and evidenced-based practice techniques for health care providers, but sometimes the women I have worked with have felt that the one-on-one time to explain and review the
treatment expectations is still a little vague.
Many women did not realize all the ways treatment may affect them. Most said they remembered the "terminology," but had so much on their heart and mind that they did not digest the information given.
After witnessing this problem for two years, I decided to create a short, concise two-hour course that goes into detail about frequently asked questions, common issues women face during and after treatment, lymphedema, decreased motion and strength. I also talk about frequent emotional and psychological challenges and how complementary integrative medicine is being used to help women.
I wholeheartedly believe that it is great to be an breast cancer survivor, but wouldn't it be great to thrive?
Rehab Back to Function is a two-hour course divided into short segments, so that you can watch and learn at your own pace, and on your own time. You will have life-time access.
If you have had breast cancer, or one of your loved ones has-- this is a course that you need to check out sooner versus later!