I regularly refer patients for exercise programmes, before during or after their oncology treatment.
The team in pH work very well as an extended part of the oncology team, providing a clinical, scientific approach to exercise. There is that reassuring presence for patients who want to build strength and confidence again in a welcoming environment.
Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer among female patients, with around 3,542 cases diagnosed in Ireland each year and 760 deaths. It is the 5th leading cause of cancer-related death globally. Survival rates are increasing due to personalized treatment and early detection methods.
Physiotherapists play a crucial role in the rehabilitation process during and after a breast cancer diagnosis, as well as in the ongoing care of survivors.
Physical activity and physiotherapy treatments have been proven to reduce the incidence of musculoskeletal disorders that may arise after cancer treatment.
Achieving the best possible outcomes in breast cancer requires an interprofessional team approach. This team includes oncologic and plastic surgeons, medical oncology, radiation oncology, pathology, physiotherapy, radiology, nurse navigators, and various other individuals who collaborate to discuss each patient’s case and develop a personalized treatment plan. The use of interprofessional teams has demonstrated significant improvements in patient outcomes, as evidenced by multiple retrospective studies.