Informative posts about breast surgery, breast cancer, treatment, recovery, research and self-care

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I've got a patient, friend or family member going through breast cancer and I don't know how to help them, what can I do?

It can be really challenging to see a person you care about going through a very serious illness like breast cancer, and not know what to do to help them.

As a massage therapist, it's not a good feeling when someone comes to you looking for help and instead of feeling empowered and knowledgeable...

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"Simple techniques, when applied with intention, can have a big effect on the body" - Wow factor feedback

We always ask "What's your Wow factor?" when done with our courses, because we want to know what made the lightbulb go on!  What gave you that sense of "OMG" all the way down to your toes, and out to the ends of your hair? A revelation written over and over in the assessments is how...

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3 stories of life-changing breast surgeries

As a massage therapist, I am privileged to hear people's stories of how they came to experience breast surgery.  One thing that's so fascinating is the correlation between getting breasts worked on, and having a major change in one's life. 

It is common that one does not come to getting...

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8 reasons to bring breast and chest surgery patients to your massage therapy practice

As massage therapists, we are privileged to work with a variety of people, some of which can be interesting, some of which can be excruciatingly boring.

Working with breast and chest patients can be an intimidating prospect for some therapists and they steer clear of it, however it's a truly...

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The Use of Mesh in Breast Reconstruction

There are many questions about what mesh is, why it is used, benefits of mesh and what material it is made from.  In this article, we will be looking at the use of mesh specifically  when used in breast reconstruction.  It is also interesting to note what happens to the mesh once...

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What happens during a lumpectomy and sentinel node biopsy?

*Warning: Graphic content.  If surgical pictures are not for you, please skip this post*

 

You may have a deep desire to help your lumpectomy patients, but not feel confident you actually know what happens in the surgery, which hampers your ability to know how to help your...

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As a therapist, what if you're intimidated by your patient's issues? 3 methods for successfully working with breast surgery patients

 

When we, as therapists, have patients who present with issues that intimidate us, how do we handle it?

It can be really hard and the immediate response may be to refer them on to someone who can help them better than we think we can ourselves.  And often, this is a responsible...

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What is the difference between expanders and breast implants?

There are a few critical differences between expanders and implants, and whether you're a patient or a massage therapist, it's important to know what they are used for and why.

First, let's talk about expanders. 

These are temporary silicone "pouches" that get filled with saline fluid over a...

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How to describe pain after surgery

If you've been trying to describe what pain feels like after breast surgery to your medical professional, and been stumped with what wording to use, this blog post will help you.

As a massage therapist, we learn a lot of words about pain along the way, as it is our job to help lessen it. ...

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Evidence-based study shows massage therapy reduces post-mastectomy pain

Effects of Massage Therapy for Post-Surgical Mastectomy Recovery

 
This evidence-based abstract from the Clinical Journal of Oncological Nursing sites how massage therapy is a viable non-pharmalogical method for pain control after mastectomy surgery.
 
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What do you need at home after a mastectomy? 8 things that will help your home be a healing sanctuary

When you first come home from hospital, you may feel like your arms are pinned down to your sides. One of my patients said she felt like her arms were in a straight jacket.

Imagine what you can do if this is what you're faced with? 

Setting up your home before your go in to surgery, so it's...

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When Resilience Seems Far Away, and Getting Through is What You've Got - Healing My Sisters 4th Annual Summit

Learn how to overcome trauma by honouring where you are at, which can help you move through really tough times towards healing on the other side

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