Our Physiotherapy services are available to all patients who have had breast and axilla surgery performed as part of their cancer treatment. This includes mastectomies, Latissimus Dorsi Flap reconstructions, TRAM flap reconstructions, axillary node clearances, lumpectomies and sentinel node biopsies.
If the surgery was performed at Dharamshila Narayana Superspeciality Hospital, patients will be assessed and treated by the cancer physiotherapist for mobility, respiratory care and early shoulder range of motion exercises. After discharge, patients can be referred to our outpatient physiotherapy department for further advice, treatment and rehabilitation, if required. The aim is to restore the normal function of the upper limb and neck area and to guide the patients back to their normal daily activities. Physiotherapy reduces pain and improves shoulder function and quality of life following axillary dissection after breast cancer.
We offer individual Physiotherapy sessions and treatment for Lymphedema which includes M.L.D., Bandaging, Intermittent Pneumatic Compression Therapy and Pressure garment. This will be followed by range of motion and strengthening exercises of the shoulder and spine and an individualized return to general activity Programme for each patient.
Patients are encouraged to join the Fitness clinic sessions later on as it is an excellent form of improving posture and generalized strength after surgery or during and after chemotherapy and radiotherapy to regain further strength and flexibility.
Fatigue management is very important to help patients optimize and manage the energy they have available. Specialist advice and energy conservation techniques as well as graded exercise programmes are available from our cancer physiotherapist.
Pain management with various modalities is also offered for various musculoskeletal problems.
We have conducted a study to investigate the effects of supervised exercise training on cardiopulmonary functions and quality of life outcomes in Breast Cancer patients in the Department of Physiotherapy.