Those having breast cancer surgery on Vancouver island with an Axillary Node Dissection should have a physiotherapist visit prior to your discharge in order to review exercises with you.
You can learn about exercises to do after breast cancer surgery on the Canadian Cancer Agency website.
If you have been recommended for radiation treatment and are unable to lift your affected arm above your head; a Doctor's referral can be sent for Out- Patient Physiotherapy Services at the Royal Jubilee Hospital which is covered by Health Insurance BC (MSP).
Private physiotherapy clinics also have the expertise to provide these services for a fee.
Lymphedema is a build-up of lymph fluid in your arm. Having lymph nodes removed from under your arm during surgery for breast cancer can put you at risk for developing lymphedema.
Attend a free information session on Lymphedema to learn more about the signs & symptoms, risk factors, prevention and treatments available.
Information sessions are held the last Tuesday of each month from at Inspire Health in Victoria. You are welcome to bring a support person with you.
General Information on Physical Recovery from Breast Cancer
Royal Jubilee Hospital
1952 Bay Street
Lymphedema Information Sessions
Carol Armstrong BA RMT - Lymphedema Therapist and Medical Garment Fitter
250- 598- 8004