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Pelvic Health for Breast Oncology Patients

Pelvic Health for Breast Oncology Patients


Pelvic health is an often overlooked dimension of breast cancer recovery, yet has a major impact on survivors’ quality of life. As pelvic therapists, we need to be aware of the impact that breast cancer treatments, including surgery, chemo, radiation and hormonal therapy have on pelvic health. Therapists working in oncology rehab need to be able to acknowledge pelvic floor dysfunction and to either address these issues or refer to specialized pelvic colleagues.

This product will enhance the therapists understanding of the effects breast cancer treatment has on pelvic health. It will also give the therapist resources for home programs – including exercises, self- massage and postural/ergonomic advice.

This product will contain the following documents:

  1. Effects of breast cancer treatments on the pelvis: chemotherapy, radiation, hormone therapies. Surgery overview: TRAM, DIEP, SGAP, IGAP
  2. Effects of breast cancer treatment on the whole body: Surgery, Chemo, XRT, Hormonal Rx. Bone and Joint health. Cognitive changes. Cancer related fatigue.
  3. Scar management: post-mastectomy, post-reconstruction: both donor sites and reconstruction sites. Manual therapy for scar mobilization.
  4. Vulvo-vaginal health after breast cancer: side effects of treatment including yeast infections, vaginal atrophy, pelvic floor weakness
  5. Dyspareunia after breast cancer treatment: hormonal influences, strategies including lubricants, active relaxation of the pelvic floor
  6. Exercises for mobility and stability: posture/ ergonomics, core stability, breathing awareness
  7. Exercise and fatigue: recognizing CRF, strategies, precautions, oncologic emergencies

These documents will be delivered in the format of Microsoft Word files.