Barriers to rehabilitation following surgery for primary breast cancer

ArticleinJournal of Surgical Oncology 95(5):409-18 · April 2007with55 Reads
DOI: 10.1002/jso.20782 · Source: PubMed
Surgery is a mainstay of primary breast cancer therapy. Alterations in surgical technique have reduced normal tissue injury, yet pain and functional compromise continue to occur following treatment. A tenuous evidence base bolstered by considerable expert opinion suggests that early intervention with conventional rehabilitative modalities can reduce surgery-associated pain and dysfunction. Barriers to the timely rehabilitation of functionally morbid sequelae are discussed at length in this article. Barriers arise from a wide range of academic, human, logistic, and financial sources. Despite obstacles, expeditious and effective post-surgical rehabilitation is being regularly delivered to breast cancer patients at many institutions. This experience has given rise to anecdotal information on the management of common sequelae that may undermine function. The epidemiology, pathophysiology, and management of these sequelae are outlined in this article with an emphasis on the caliber of supporting evidence. Myofascial dysfunction, axillary web syndrome, frozen shoulder, lymphostasis, post-mastectomy syndrome, and donor site morbidity following breast reconstruction are addressed. A critical need for more definitive evidence to guide patient management characterizes the current treatment algorithms for surgical sequelae.
    • "Axillary web syndrome (AWS) has been reported as a sequelae following breast cancer surgery with patients demonstrating tightness of the axilla and chest wall, a protracted shoulder on the side of surgery, decreased shoulder abduction and referred arm pain to the wrist, and associated thoracic kyphosis (Lacomba et al., 2010) (Kepics, 2004;Lacomba et al., 2010). AWS is accompanied by adhesions and the treatment is similar to that of chest wall adhesions (Cheville and Tchou, 2007;Crawford et al., 1996;Kepics, 2004;Smoot et al., 2010). Other causes of chest wall adhesions have been reported in the literature. "
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    • "Therapeutic approaches of manual therapy include the use of simple muscle stretching, post-isometric relaxation , reciprocal inhibition, slow exhalation, eye movements , pressure release trigger point massage, range of motion, heat, ultrasound, galvanic stimulation of high voltage , drug treatment and biofeedback. (8) Notably, anxiety and pain as well as shoulder capsular approaches may favor the onset of dysfunction and myofascial trigger point formation in mastectomy patients.(9)Due to the high rate of breast cancer, come to affect women at an increasingly younger age group generating physical, social and emotional changes, the manual therapy is being increasingly used as a new form of treat- ment. "
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