Reclaim Strength and Spirit After Breast CancerOct 02, 2020 03:54PM ● By Michelle Vacanti
Breast cancer treatment may take a toll on the body, but the strength and fortitude of someone who’s overcome cancer should never be underestimated. Virtua Health’s specially trained team of physical and occupational therapists can help people rebuild their muscles after cancer treatment, and more importantly, help to strengthen their spirit.
Breast cancer surgery affects the breast tissue as well as the muscles of the chest wall and shoulder. This can lead to upper back and shoulder pain, decreased range of motion and strength, swelling in the arms or legs (lymphedema) and fatigue.
Virtua Health’s specialists work with people to relieve the side effects of their treatment through exercise, massage, compression—and compassion.
“Before we begin our exercise and therapy program, we start with a thorough interview. We want you to take us through everything that’s happened since your diagnosis and treatment. This helps us understand your experience and your state of mind,” says Virtua certified lymphedema specialist Lynn C. Davis, PT-CLT/LANA.
“Most importantly, we assesses your activity level to find out if you’re where you want to be and build a program to help you rebuild your strength—and reach your goals,” adds Davis. “After completing your goals, you are encouraged to join our Strength After Breast Cancer Program to continue your care.”To learn more about the advanced diagnostic, treatment and support services at the Penn Medicine Virtua Cancer Program, call 888-847-8823 (888-VIRTUA-3) or visit Virtua.org/cancer.