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How can rehabilitation professionals approach the complex physical and psychosocial impacts of breast cancer survivorship in their patients? This course, with Michelle Lyons, provides background on treatment options for breast cancer and the implications during episodes of rehabilitation treatment. The course begins by describing the treatment options available for breast cancer in detail, and by explaining the practical implications for therapy. The course also provides important background on the effects of breast cancer on the body that are important for therapist working with this population to understand. The course concludes with a demonstration chapter, where Michelle Lyons demonstrates and discusses key exercises for patients recovering from breast cancer.
Michelle Lyons PT, MISCP, is a graduate of University College Dublin, Ireland, with over eighteen years experience working in women's health. She is currently living and working in Connecticut as Women's Health coordinator for Access Rehab Centers, one of the largest therapy providers in New England. At Access Rehab Centers, Michelle designed and implemented their…
Before understanding the implications of breast cancer survivorship for rehabilitation, it is important to understand the treatment options available to individuals experiencing breast cancer. The first chapter of this course provides this vital context by describing the choices available to patients and the implications of those options.
This chapter explores the musculo-skeletal effects of different breast cancer treatments, and introduces the participants to the implications for rehabilitation scenarios including shoulder dysfunction, cancer related fatigue, and the effects of chemotherapy.
3. Effects of Breast Cancer
This chapter provides additional background on the management of the effects of breast cancer in a rehabilitation setting, including the effects of breast cancer on the lymphatic system, and musculoskeletal systems.
4. Lab Session
In the final chapter of this course, Michelle Lyons demonstrates some of the most relevant exercise interventions for breast cancer survivors, including examples of breathing exercise, spinal extension, and self massage for lymphedema.
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