Course: ‘Strong Pink Women’. Breast Cancer Rehabilitation Course for Physiotherapists.
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
- 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.
- Participants will be able to identify and apply manual therapy techniques for :
- Adherent scars.
- Lymphatic cords.
- Radiation fibrosis.
- Participants will be familiar with compression therapy for early lymphoedema.
- Participants will be familiar with exercise programs for:
- Scapular weakness.
- Breast cancer related arm lymphoedema.
- Core and postural conditioning.
- Walking to meet PA guidelines.
- Participants will be familiar with essential self-care skills.