Rehabilitation of breast cancer

  • Krystina Kiel
  • Paula Kopp
Part of the Cancer Treatment and Research book series (CTAR, volume 100)


During 1996, 184,300 women were diagnosed with breast cancer. Although 44,300 women died of breast cancer [1], three fourths of those women diagnosed will be cancer survivors. Breast cancer at presentation is a unique disease due to its insidious onset. It often presents without warning, on a mammogram, on self-examination, or on physician examination. The disease affects more young women than many other cancers, and many of these women will live for many years, even with poor prognostic risk factors. Generally, few symptoms are associated with an early-stage breast cancer. The treatment of breast cancer, however, can produce long-lasting physical consequences, in addition to psychological and sociological effects. The thrust of any rehabilitation program for the new breast cancer patient is to return that patient to her original medical, physical, psychological, and social state. A program includes optimal cancer treatment, as well as management of physical and psychological side effects and sequelae.


Breast Cancer Brain Metastasis Metastatic Breast Cancer Brachial Plexus Axillary Dissection 
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