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Breast Cancer Rehabilitation – December 2019

December 7, 2019 - December 8, 2019
Registration Information
  • Register before
    October 26th, 2019
    for early bird pricing

  • Regular Course Price:
    after October 26th, 2019

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

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Breast Cancer Rehab December 2019

Course Description

1 in 8 women in Canada will be diagnosed with breast cancer but advances in cancer treatment have led to a 5-year survival rate that is close to 90%.   This high survival rate means that many people are left with physical, emotional and psychosocial impairments that often go unrecognized and untreated long after the disease has been removed. Restoring health is more than removing disease and physical therapists are well positioned to help.

This course will teach evidence-based rehabilitation techniques through all stages of treatment including surgery, chemotherapy, radiation and endocrine therapies. Special focus will be on the practical learning of manual therapy and therapeutic exercise prescription.

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 the roadmap of physical therapy interventions before, during and after breast cancer treatment.
  • Identify and treat using manual therapy techniques and exercises common musculoskeletal impairments during and after treatment including, axillary web syndrome, scar tissue, and swelling. Treat stage 0-1 subclinical lymphedema and decrease lifetime risk of clinical lymphedema.
  • Learn individualized exercise programs to improve function, reduce impairments and to improve overall quality of life.
  • Understand the effects of chemotherapy, cancer related fatigue, osteoporosis, cardio-toxicity and hormone changes on rehabilitative interventions.
  • This course includes lecture, lab and case studies.

Lab Component:

The lab will include touching over the pectoral, axilla and breast area.  Participants must be comfortable and prepared to do the practical work.  It is suggested that you wear a tank top and bra that can easily be removed.  A shawl/small blanket can be used as a cover during lab.


Day 1:  8:30-5:00

Day 2   8:00-4:00

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

Audience: Course is open to all health professionals

Prerequisites: None