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    Oct. 14, 2019
    Who Needs Breast Cancer Rehabilitation?
    By: Amber Trevino, P.T., DPT, Baylor Scott & White Institute for Rehabilitation - Outpatient Therapy
    According to the American Cancer Society, one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer over the course of their life. Men can develop breast cancer, too. Despite ongoing advancements, breast cancer and its treatments still often cause serious physical and mental problems. Common breast cancer challenges include:
    • Fatigue/decreased endurance/sleep problems
    • Shoulder problems (flexibility or range of motion issues)
    • Skin/scar tightness
    • Weakness/deconditioning
    • Pain
    • Persistent or intermittent swelling in arms, hands, breast
    • Difficulty with function and everyday activities
    • Neuropathy (numbness and tingling in hands and feet)
    • Balance problems
    • Neck, back and/or shoulder pain/discomfort
    • Joint aches
    • Loss of dexterity
    • Other changes related to chemotherapy or radiation, such as radiation fibrosis syndrome, mild cognitive decline (“chemobrain”), bowel or bladder problems, axillary web syndrome
    Select Medical’s ReVital Cancer Rehabilitation program empowers people affected by breast cancer (and many other cancers) to live their best lives. Our cancer-trained physical and occupational therapists, speech-language pathologists, and cognitive rehabilitation experts can help these men and women prepare for treatment, stay strong during their cancer journey, and get back to their family, job, and the things they care about most. We offer safe, personalized, research-based treatment to help maximize every patient’s quality of life before, during, and after the cancer journey.
    Each person affected by cancer is truly unique so no two rehabilitation treatment plans are the same. If a patient’s doctor believes that ReVital cancer rehabilitation might be suitable, we encourage an initial evaluation session early in the treatment process. We discuss the patient’s current condition, cancer care plan, and personal goals and then develop a customized therapy plan.
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