The Different Stages of Breast Cancer Rehabilitation
Whatever your course of treatment, before it begins, a comprehensive evaluation is suggested, which will accomplish the following goals:
1) Education – Much information is given from many different people during this time and it can be overwhelming. At a minimum, before treatment, establishing a relationship with a physical therapist can be comforting. By helping to explain what to expect and provide written information that can be reviewed later you will be better prepared on what to possibly expect and know how to get help.
2) Baseline Measurements – Having both a subjective and measurable overview of your function prior to treatment provides important information to monitor your health as you undergo treatment. This information is used to gauge changes or limitations. This in turn factors into a personalized rehabilitation program that will be designed to help restore you to pre-treatment function.
3) Pre-Habilitation – Depending on the timing of your surgery or treatment, a personalized pre-habilitation program can help prepare you by increasing strength and endurance. The research on this is clear. The stronger and healthier you are heading into treatment the easier time you may have.