Post Mastectomy: Rehabilitating Range of Motion
Medical treatments for breast cancer have
dramatically improved over the last decade.
While these treatments have significantly increased
survival rates, they are not without
lasting, adverse effects. Cancer patients undergo many
changes to their body and skin while receiving medicaloncology
treatments. Side effects from chemotherapy,
radiation, and surgery put great demand on the body.
This demand reduces nutrient resources, lymphatic flow,
range of motion, and increases the healthy cell’s exposure
to oxidative stress. Though survivorship has increased,
the lasting effects of medical-oncology treatments reduce
patients’ quality of life and can leave them with debilitating
impairments and changes to overall health.
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