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Breast Cancer Rehabilitation – February 2018

February 24, 2018 - February 25, 2018
Registration Information
  • Register before
    January 13th, 2018
    for early bird pricing

  • Regular Course Price:
    after January 13th, 2018

Course Instructor:

Tania Obljubek, BSc, BScPT graduated from Lakehead University in 1993 and went on to pursue another degree in physical therapy at the University of Western Ontario. She has worked in a variety of settings including burns, hands, in patient and out patient orthopedics including pool therapy. She has spent the last 19 years in women’s health at Women’s College Hospital. In 1998 she began a pelvic health program at Women’s College Hospital and went on to win the prestigous Schulich Clinical award for excellence for innovative clinical programming. In time, she moved into cancer care specifically pre and post operative breast cancer, reconstructive and lymphedema physical therapy care. She completed her lymphedema training and acupuncture certification in 2007. Educating both students and rehabilitation professionals about women’s health has always been a passion to Tania Obljubek. She has a status appointment at University of Toronto and also lectures at University of Western Ontario. She has been an invited speaker at numerous conferences, courses and meetings. Recently she completed a year long leadership program through the Schulich School of Business. In her spare time she is an avid reader, mother, yoga enthusiast, knitter and cross stitcher.

Please note:

To register for this course, please download the following registration forms in pdf format and email it to info@pelvichealthsolutions.ca or fax it to 888-653-4533

download the PDF
Breast Cancer Rehab 2018

Course Description

Restoring health is about more than removing disease.

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women with very high survivorship rates. Studies indicate that many people are left with physical, emotional and psychosocial impairments that often go unrecognized and untreated long after the disease has been removed. Building on the Prospective Surveillance Model for Rehabilitation for Women this course will teach the complexities of therapeutic one to one breast cancer rehabilitation. The approach will include advanced palpation and treatment skills and exercise progressions through all stages of treatment including surgery, chemotherapy, radiation and endocrine therapies.  Special topics will be addressed including axillary web syndrome, lymphedema, soft tissue changes, fatigue, and pelvic health.

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the surgical and medical management of breast cancer.
  • Describe basic anatomy of the breast, upper quadrant and lymphatic system.
  • Understand and use the Prospective Surveillance Model of for rehabilitation for women with breast cancer as a roadmap of care.
  • Understand how fatigue and memory issues can affect treatment and strategies to intervene.
  • Identify and treat using advanced manual therapy techniques and exercises common musculoskeletal impairments during and after treatment including shoulder dysfunction, axillary web syndrome, radiation, osteoporosis, arthralgias, pain, neuropathies and lymphedema.
  • Provide education to clients at risk of lymphedema.
  • Learn individualized exercise programs to improve function and reduce impairments.
  • Understand the affects of treatments on the pelvic floor and sexual health.
  • Learn how cardiovascular and resistance exercise can help prevent recurrence of cancer and improve function.
  • Teach self care and resilience to both breast cancer clients and for yourself.
  • This course includes lecture, lab and case studies.

Lab Component:

Labs will include touch over the pectoral and breast area. Participants must be comfortable in being both a client and practitioner in the area.

To bring:

Tank top or sports bra, yoga mat


This course is open to physiotherapists, occupational therapists, massage therapists, medical doctors, nurses and naturopaths. There is a lab component with significant manual therapy treatment.




To be determined

Registration begins on the first day 15 minutes prior to the start time.