Breast Cancer Care: PALS for Life

 

PALS for Life is a structured program for breast cancer survivors. It incorporates cardiorespiratory fitness, upper extremity strengthening and conditioning, core strengthening, and lower extremity strengthening.

 

 

The PALS for Life program is based on the 2009 PAL (Physical Activity and Lymphedema) Trial conducted at the University of Pennsylvania Abramson Cancer Center. The study included 295 breast cancer survivors and looked at the impact of weight-lifting on lymphedema.

 

How to Participate in PAL

Oncology Rehab and Wellness Resources is the only breast cancer rehab clinic in Northern Virginia with PALS-trained professionals.

PALs for Life is Safe

The PALS for Life Trial determined that slow, progressive exercise is safe for all breast cancer survivors. The trial also indicated that breast cancer survivors wanting to incorporate safe weight-lifting into their exercise program should do so under the supervision of PALS-trained professionals.

"Rehabilitation of the patient with cancer should begin when disability is anticipated, rather than after it has occurred."
― Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Board Review (NCBI) .