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Strong Pink Women Breast Cancer Rehabilitation Course for Physiotherapists

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Course: ‘Strong Pink Women’. Breast Cancer Rehabilitation Course for Physiotherapists.

Date: June 13th & 14th 2019
Venue: UCD, Health Science Building, Rm: A213

Course Description: Research and innovation in oncology continue to contribute to significant declines in breast-cancer related deaths and to a growing population of long-term breast cancer survivors. The physical side-effects of breast cancer treatment may include weeks and months of shoulder pain and stiffness, lymphoedema, fatigue, difficulties with activities of daily living and quality of life. Evidence shows that early breast cancer rehabilitation and daily exercise reduces the risk of chronic impairments, secondary lymphoedema, other late effects and even cancer recurrence.

In this two-day course we focus on early breast cancer rehabilitation to achieve full, pain-free range of shoulder motion, strength and fitness. Topics include:

  • Manual therapy techniques for adherent scars, cording and radiation fibrosis
  • Exercises for upper quadrant weakness.
  • Essential patient self-care.
  • Early lymphoedema and early compression therapy.
  • Evidenced based exercise programs including: Progressive walking to meet PA guidelines, The Pink Ribbon program and a “Yoga protocol for breast cancer related lymphoedema”.

Teaching methods: Lectures and practical sessions.

Course Level: Introductory to Intermediate

Course Objectives

  1. Participants will be familiar with the different types of breast cancers, their treatments and side-effects including:
  • Cancer surgery and reconstruction surgery.
  • Chemotherapy, radiotherapy and hormonal therapies.
  1. Participants will be able to identify and apply manual therapy techniques for :
  • Adherent scars.
  • Lymphatic cords.
  • Radiation fibrosis.
  1. Participants will be familiar with compression therapy for early lymphoedema.
  2. Participants will be familiar with exercise programs for:
  • Scapular weakness.
  • Breast cancer related arm lymphoedema.
  • Core and postural conditioning.
  • Walking to meet PA guidelines.
  1. Participants will be familiar with essential self-care skills.
Course Director: Siobhan O’ Reilly Bracken MISCP PT MPA MSc CLT.
Online Registration available soon. Please email Siobhán directly ( with your details to register your interest in the course and to be notified when online registration is open.

Advanced Breast Cancer Rehab for Physiotherapists 18th August 2017

Category : Courses

Date and Time: 18th August 2017, start 8.30am
Venue: School of Physiotherapy, Health Science Building, University College Dublin
CPDs: 7.5 units or call Siobhan at 087 744 8782