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The Strong Pink Women Program Breast Cancer Rehab Course for Physiotherapists

November 23, 2019 @ 8:00 am - November 24, 2019 @ 5:00 pm



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Date: Saturday and Sunday November 23rd and 24th 2019, 8am to 5pm
Venue: St Vincent’s Private Hospital, Physiotherapy Department, Merrion Rd, D04 N2E0

Course Description: Improvements in breast cancer treatment continue to contribute to significant declines in breast-cancer related deaths and to a growing population of long-term breast cancer survivors. Once treatment is concluded, the next step is locally accessible breast cancer rehabilitation to help patients to recover full and pain-free range of motion and strength, their independence in ADLs and preparation to participate in their desired recreational activities and sports.

The evidence base: The evidence for early breast cancer rehab is compelling. Treatment related side-effects vary from patient to patient and may include shoulder pain, stiffness, muscle weakness, fatigue, arthralgias, lymphedema, chemo-brain, neuropathy, balance issues and difficulties with function including with ADLs and participation in activities and sports. Early breast cancer rehab addresses each of these effects and reduces the patient’s risk of developing chronic impairments.

Who is this course designed for? This course is designed for Chartered Physiotherapists working in public and private settings, who wish to improve breast cancer patient’s access local, evidenced based and high quality breast cancer rehab physiotherapy.

Lectures include:
(1) Breast cancer diagnosis, surgeries and reconstructions, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, hormone therapy.
(2) Treatment effects on soft tissues, lymphatic, neurological and skeletal systems.
(3) Precautions and contraindications for cancer rehab.
Practical sessions include:
(1) Soft tissue mobilizations for scars, lymphatic cording, radiation and prothetic fibrosis.
(2) Early exercise sequence for soft tissue restrictions and cording.
(3) Screening for secondary lymphoedema, application of early compression therapy, patient education in risk reduction practices.
(4) The “Strong Pink Women Exercise Class” which addresses posture and core strength including scapular dysfunction and abdominal issues after TRAM and DIEP Flap reconstructions.

Teaching methods: A combination of lectures and practical sessions.

Course Level: Introductory

Course Objectives:
1. Participants will be familiar with the different types of breast cancers, their treatments and the treatment side-effects that may affect pain, mobility, strength and function.
2. Participants will be able to assess, treat and re-assess breast cancer treatment related soft tissue restrictions using a variety of soft tissue mobilisations including for adherent scars, lymphatic cording and radiation fibrosis.
3. Participants will be familiar with screening for lymphoedema, the evidence for early compression therapy, how to measure and order the Bella Lite sleeve, how to educate patients in lymphoedema risk reduction practices and when to refer a patient to a lymphoedema service.
4. Participants will be familiar with the :
• Phase 1 early post-op exercises.
• Phase 2 late post-op exercises.
• Phase 3 advanced exercises.
• The recommended guidelines for Physical Activity (PA) after breast cancer.

CEUs: 16

Course Director: Siobhan O’ Reilly Bracken MISCP PT MPA MSc CLT.
Please email Siobhán directly siobhan@theoreillycentre.ie with your details to register your interest in the next course and to be notified when online registration is open.

Presenter Profile:
Siobhan O’ Reilly Bracken MISCP. PT. MPA. MSc-Sports. CLT, founded The O’ Reilly Centre for Lymphedema, Cancer Rehab and Sports in 2006. She graduated from University College Dublin in 1982 with a Diploma in Physiotherapy, from The Wagner School of Public Administration at New York University in 1998 with a MPA in Program Evaluation and from University College Dublin in 2011 with a MSc in Sports Physiotherapy. Siobhan is also a Certified Pink Ribbon Program Instructor and Lymphedema Therapist.
Breast cancer.
In 1996 at age 36 Siobhan had a total lymph node dissection and TRAM Flap reconstruction and so began her personal experience with breast cancer and its short term and long term side effects.
Cancer Rehab and Lymphoedema specialization.
In 2005, Siobhan founded The O’ Reilly Centre in Dublin, A Physiotherapy Centre dedicated to people recovering from cancer treatment and with lymphatic disorders. To specialise in this area she studied and worked with experts from the US, Germany and New Zealand including: Steve Norton CLT, Dr Andrea Cheville, Dr Michael Stubblefield, Jeannette Zucker PT and Marina Guarnieri PTA, Dr Ethel Foldi, Jodi Winicour PT, Nancy Roberge PT, Jill Brinkley PT, Lou James Physio, Doreen Puglisi and Meadbh MacSweeney RN CLT. Siobhan is also a Certified Lymphedema Therapist and Pink Ribbon Instructor.
Blog posts published on Lymphoedema Ireland’s website and newsletter.
• 10 Tips to Manage Cancer Related Fatigue • Nordic Walking versus Brisk Walking and Jogging
• What is “The Gold Standard Treatment for Lymphoedema?
• Air Travel and Vacation Tips
• Water Based Exercises for Leg Lymphoedema
• Lipoedema, highlights of 2017 UK Clinical Practice Guideline
Physiotherapy services provided at The O’ Reilly Centre
• Cancer rehabilitation.
•. Breast cancer rehab
• Lymphedema consultations
• Measuring and ordering compression garments
• Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD)
• Pink Ribbon Program and The Strong Pink Women Program
• Sports specific exercise prescription
Courses taught to UCD Physiotherapy undergraduates since 2006:
Introduction to Lymphoedema Management, and
Introduction to Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD).
Courses taught to Chartered Physiotherapists in Public and Private services include:
• One day course – Introduction to Breast Cancer Rehab for Physiotherapists
• One day course – Advanced Breast Cancer Rehab for Physiotherapists
• Two day course – The Strong Pink Women Program, Breast Cancer Rehab Course for Physiotherapists
• New lectures in 2019
• Soft Tissue Mobilisations for Breast Cancer Rehab.
• Radiation Fibrosis Syndrome and Physiotherapy.
• How the lymphatic system regenerates and implications for cancer rehab.
• Developing a Breast Cancer Rehab Service in your Private Practice.
• Course dates and details are posted on www.theoreillycentre.com and facebook @TheOreillyCentre
Practice location as of April 2019.
Milltown Physiotherapy www.milltownphysiotherapy.ie
Address: 98 Churchtown Rd Lower. Dublin 14. D14 T8P5
To make an appointment: (01) 296 0603 Mobile: 087 744 8782
Email: siobhan@theoreillycentre.ie
Facebook: @TheOReillyCentre
and to be announced….
Letterkenny Physiotherapy Clinic www.letterkennyphysio.ie
Address: Invarie, Ballyraine Rd, Letterkenny. Co. Donegal. F92 TYF1
To make an appointment: (074) 912 4559 Mobile: 087 744 8782
Email: siobhan@theoreillycentre.ie Facebook: @TheOReillyCentre


November 23, 2019 @ 8:00 am
November 24, 2019 @ 5:00 pm
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Siobhan O’Reilly


Physiotherapy Dept., St. Vincent’s Private Hospital
Merrion Rd
Dublin, D04N2E0 Ireland
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