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