The Role of Physical Rehabilitation in Breast Cancer

Breast cancer is one of the most common oncological diseases diagnosed in women. Treatment modalities constantly evolve, and their efficacy increases. However, side effects may arise at every stage of treatment. Generally, the following physical problems can appear during the treatment of oncological diseases: pain, numbness, swelling, weakness, fatigue, stiffness, loss of balance and difficulty moving or walking.
Rehabilitologists help patients cope with side effects of cancer treatment, improve their health and functional capabilities as well as assist in returning to work and other ordinary activities quicker. The main goal of rehabilitation is to maintain high quality of life of the person at all stages: from diagnostics to the end of treatment and after the course of therapy to recover the organism as soon as possible.

Physical rehabilitation

Regular physical activity helps to relieve stress, gain strength, increase self-esteem, reduce anxiety, sleep better, and feel more energetic. We choose a personalized program of exercises according to the needs and physiological capabilities of the patient. Recent research showed that women who exercised moderately after having been diagnosed with breast cancer had 40% better survival parameters than women who were not active. In addition, regular exercise reduces the risk of disease recurrence, osteoporosis, diabetes, and cardiovascular diseases.


Hair loss is one of the greatest fears of breast cancer patients. Indeed, some of the medications used in the treatment of breast cancer can damage hair follicles. This leads to complete or partial loss of head and body hair. Besides, radiation therapy can also have a negative effect on hair, especially when it is directed at the head and neck areas.

Therapeutic nutrition

In our work with patients at LISOD we use an integrated personalized approach that takes into account the condition, symptoms, comorbidities, genetic features of metabolism, types and stages of treatment, and evidence-based nutrition founded on international practice. The disease on the one hand and treatment methods on the other hand can worsen the patient’s nutrition status, decrease the level of nutrients’ assimilation, provoke weight loss and, as a result, diminish the treatment effect. That is why adhering to the principles of proper nutrition is an important part of cancer prevention and treatment. When designing individual recommendations, general health condition is always evaluated, an objective assessment of the nutritional status is provided and, depending on patient’s needs, a decision is made regarding the necessary nutritional support.

Special underwear

At the LISOD Breast Center we provide patients with the necessary quality underwear - bras and swimsuits. In the early postoperative period, the patient will be provided with a special underwear which corresponds with the extent and technique of the operation. It will help to pass this period more conveniently and safely; if necessary, we will help to choose and order external breast prostheses for patients who have undergone mastectomy without simultaneous reconstruction.

Psychiatrist's help for women with breast cancer

Many studies confirm that women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer suffer from psychological stress. A long-term psychological distress forms which negatively affects the patients’ health. Being in this state of distress, a woman cannot adapt to the situation and its consequences. Severe anxiety, sleep disturbances, low mood on an ongoing basis or that are unusually pronounced - these are the symptoms with which you should immediately seek help from a psychiatrist.

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