Breast Cancer Rehabilitation

  • Katherine PowerEmail author
  • Ashish Khanna


Treatment for breast cancer can include surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, and/or endocrine therapy. Each of these therapies have their own complications. Breast surgery and reconstruction can result in postmastectomy pain syndrome. Hormone therapy can result in Aromatase-inhibitor-induced musculoskeletal symptoms (AIMSS). Lymphedema from axillary node dissection and/or radiation can occur, with compression being the mainstay of treatment. Lastly, cancer-related fatigue is the most common complaint among cancer survivors and, while poorly understood, is almost certainly multifactorial in nature. Supervised aerobic exercise has the highest level of evidence in combating this pervasive and debilitating complication.


Postmastectomy pain Aromatase-inhibitor-induced musculoskeletal symptoms Lymphedema Cancer-related Fatigue 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital, Physical Medicine and RehabilitationWashingtonUSA
  2. 2.Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, The Kessler Institute for RehabilitationWest OrangeUSA

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