Breast Cancer Therapy

If you have been diagnosed with breast cancer it is probably one of the most difficult challenges you will face in your life.  The journey is long and arduous from diagnosis to surgery, reconstruction, radiation, chemotherapy, and rehabilitation.  The physical implications of breast cancer are daunting.  The emotional implications can be paralyzing.  Occupational Therapy can help with both.  As a licensed Occupational Therapist, and Certified Lymphedema Therapist, Stephanie has the skills and experience to help you work through your physical limitations.  It takes a special therapist to help you work through the emotional.  With a Psychology degree and ten years of experience working with thousands of breast cancer survivors, Stephanie has a special ability to strike the right balance between listening, educating and rehabilitating, so that you have the support you need throughout the healing process.

We commonly treat:

  • After surgery / reconstruction:
    • Decreased shoulder motion
    • Shoulder pain
    • Painful scars from reconstruction or surgery
    • Fear of movement
    • Axillary web syndrome / cording
    • Changes in sensation along the arm and chest
    • Lymphedema / Lymphedema Education
  • During / after radiation:
    • Pain or tightness in the shoulder, arm, neck, or breast
    • Painful scars and tightness in the arm, check or neck
    • Fear of movement
    • Axillary web syndrome / cording
    • Lymphedema / Lymphedema Education
  • Before, during and after chemotherapy:
    • Reduced energy and endurance
    • Fear to return to normal activity
    • Weight gain
    • Signs of menopause
    • Lymphedema / Lymphedema Education

An important note about long term survivorship: Many patients manage to get through breast cancer treatment.  However, once discharged and without regular access to a professional network of doctors and nurses, patients feel alone and scared.  They ask themselves:

  • Are these aches and pains normal?
  • Will I ever get comfortable with my body again?
  • When can I get back to my usual workout and activity?

Occupational Therapy can help you get back to your normal life and daily activity.