- Lymph nodes removal
- Breast reconstruction
- Surgical breast biopsy.
Excecise can be helpful after breast cancer treatment
Studies have shown that exercise (physical activity)helps to improve the quality of life after Breast cancer treatment and lowers the risk of breast cancer.
Exercise after breast cancer treatment have many benefits;
Manage stress and anxiety
It boosts energy
Prevent weight gain
Improve overall health
Trigger apoptosis- death of cancer cells.
Talk with your doctor :
Before starting any exercise after breast cancer treatment talk to your doctor.Do not start any physical activity without talking to your doctor if drains and stitches are yet to be removed.
Honor your body:
It is important to do exercise after Breast cancer treatment to get the arm and shoulder moving again. Do some very light movements to keep the blood flowing and lift your spirit. Walking, and yoga effectively help in producing happy hormones and lower certain hormones like insulin and estrogen that are associated with the development and progression of breast cancer.
Some easy steps help you get back in movement:
- Making a fist
- Elbow movement
- Head turning and tilting
- 90* and 180* hand raise
- Shoulder shrug and back
- 90* wall crawl (side and front)
- Shoulder roll exercise
- External arm rotation
Yoga for post-breast cancer treatment
Yoga has also been shown beneficial in reducing chemotherapy-induced side effects.
You can practice this yogasana after breast cancer treatment.
- Prasarita padottanasana
Physiotherapy also can be helpful after breast cancer treatmentDoctors might suggest you health professionals after breast cancer treatment. Physiotherapists are specially trained to design exercise programs during as well as after breast cancer treatment.
One single act that can determine the progress and outcome of recovery from injury or disorder:
Post breast cancer treatment women may experience;
- Decreased strength of upper extremity
- Decreased shoulder mobility
- Upper extremity ache
- Scar tightness
- Neuropathic pain
- Musculoskeletal pain
Physiotherapists use specific physical methods to restore the mobility, strength, and function of a bodily part. Physiotherapy is a highly specialized niche area of medical care for injuries. It has been proven to reduce post-cancer musculoskeletal disorders.
Dr.Sachin Marda recommends patients to wait upto 3-6 weeks after breast cancer treatment.
Step-by-step instructions help to improve range of motion and reduce tightness and pain of arms, shoulder, neck, and chest area.
Tips during physical therapy:
Breath well-helps ease pain and reduce pain
Be patient– don’t force muscle
Take a walk-improve blood flow
Warm up-start slowly and gradually increase movements
Look in the mirror– help in maintaining good posture
Always drink plenty of water during physical activity
Here are some physical activity needs to be done for easy and fast recovery:
- Lift the arms to shoulder level and hold for 5-10sec;
- Lift the arms upward and hold for 5-10sec;
- Arms on the side and hold for 5-10 sec;
- And finally arms on the back and hold for 5-10sec
- Do 15-20 sets in a day.You can split it into 3-4 sets in a one day.
- Stand next to the wall and take arm gradually up. – It facilitate movements of arms.In addition to this physiotherapist also suggest
- Elbow wing exercise: Keep your arms back of the head and flap them like wings. This needs to be done 50-100 times a day.
- Exercise ball- Press a ball 400-500 times a day.
Physiotherapy also help with ;
- Shortness of breath
Rehabilitation after Breast cancer treatment
The most important task you have is rehabilitating yourself after breast cancer treatment.
A customized programme will help to get back to your usual activities and help decrease side effects of your surgery /radiation and chemotherapy.
Rehabilitative efforts needs to be done in these areas;
- Body image,
- Physical appearance,
- Finance, etc.
Rehabilitation requires comprehensive and multidisciplinary approach
Exercise and physiotherapy strengthen the immune system and inhibit cancer growth.
It can boost quality of life during and after breast cancer treatment.
Physical therapy, Psychoeducation, social and emotional support, nutrition, complementary and complex intervention plays important role in rehabilitation of breast cancer patients.
Today’s advanced treatment and rehabilitation techniques help patients to to better cope up with cancer and treatment.
Most breast cancer survivors dont get cancer again.
Rehabilitation is particularly important as it increases survival rate of cancer patients.