Breast Cancer Survivorship

presented by Michelle Lyons

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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.

Meet Your Instructor

  • Michelle Lyons, PT, MISCP

    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 women's health programs, including pre and post partum care, pelvic floor dysfunction, pelvic pain, sexual dysfunction and colorectal health, menopausal wellness, spinal dysfunction, TMJ/headache pain and a breast cancer rehab program, which incorporates manual therapy, lymphedema management and specific exercise prescription. A firm believer in integrative healthcare, she incorporates therapeutic Pilates, yoga and lifestyle advice into her treatment protocols. Michelle has appeared in local newspapers, radio and television programs speaking on women's health issues. She has presented programs in Ireland, Canada and the U.S. including The Wise Woman weekend, The International Herbal Symposium and The New England Women's Herbal Conference and for the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists.

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Chapters & Learning Objectives

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  1. Treatment Options

    1. Treatment Options

    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.

  2. Rehabilitation Implications

    2. Rehabilitation Implications

    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

    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

    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.