At Oncology Rehab and Wellness Resources, we follow a collaborative, comprehensive approach to cancer care. We offer regularly scheduled evaluations of breast cancer survivors’ function throughout the continuum of care, work with you and your cancer care team to efficiently coordinate the assessment process.
At the time of diagnosis, we document baseline measurements of overall function, joint range of motion, strength, and baseline volumetric measurements of the upper extremities. We identify any prior physical impairments that may affect tolerance to cancer treat- ments. Each patient is instructed on a post-operative exercise program as well as education on recommended activity levels during cancer treatments. Rehab interventions and exercise education can also help reduce the physical deconditioning which is a common condition experienced by cancer survivors because of inactivity during cancer treatments.
After surgery, we assess pain levels, joint range of motion, strength, and volumetric measurements of the upper extremities. The post-operative evaluation assists your cancer care team in identifying any post-surgical problems that can be addressed by a rehabilitation professional to enable optimal healing. Rehab interventions after surgery can help reduce the physical impairments common after breast cancer surgery.
At predetermined intervals, we repeat baseline measurements to identify changes and detect impairments early. Early detection of problems is often the key to preventing further disability, pain or loss of function.
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