AeroForm Tissue Expanders makes breast reconstruction after mastectomy more comfortable

Henry Ford Cancer Institute is the first in Michigan to offer a needle-free, patient-controlled tissue expansion system for women undergoing breast reconstruction after mastectomy. The FDA-approved AeroForm Tissue Expanders eliminate the need for weekly saline injections at the physician's office, improves patient comfort and may decrease the rate of [...] Click here to view [...]

Mirror therapy for the alleviation of phantom limb pain following amputation

Background/Aim: Phantom limb pain (PLP) is a debilitating condition that affects 50–85% of patients following an amputation and significantly diminishes their quality of life. Mirror therapy has been reported to have potential success for the alleviation of PLP. However, due to a lack of understanding of the mechanisms underlying PLP and the fact that [...]

Top 10 Research Questions Related to Physical Activity and Cancer Survivorship

In the United States, there are more than 14 million cancer survivors. Many of these survivors have been treated with multimodal therapy including surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, and targeted therapies. These therapies improve survival; however, they also cause acute and chronic side effects that can undermine health and quality of life. Physical activity (PA) [...]

Acupuncture treatment was associated with improvements in range of movement

To evaluate the effect of acupuncture on rehabilitation of motor junction, induction in lymphoedema and improvement in perceived heaviness and tightness in the arms of women Abstract Objective To evaluate the effect of acupuncture on rehabilitation of motor junction,reduction in lymphoedema and improvement in perceived heaviness and tightness in the arms of women who [...]

Physical activity is effective in improving shoulder-arm mobility breast cancer survivors

Physical activity interventions are known to be effective in improving the physical and psychological complaints of breast cancer survivors. Purpose: To investigate the impact of a specific exercise training program on upper limb mobility and quality of life in breast cancer survivors. Methods: The study included 55 women recruited at the Cancer Rehabilitation Centre [...]

The aqua lymphatic therapy had immediate, positive, significant influence on the volume of the affected arm

Lymphedema is an adverse effect of breast cancer surgery. Aqua lymphatic therapy (ALT) is a novel treatment for limb volume reduction. Objective The aim of this study was to examine whether ALT is a safe method and whether there are differences in adherence, limb volume, and quality of life between women who perform only [...]

Massage techniques promotes healing at incision sites and may prevent or reduce scarring

Many healthcare providers are not fully aware of the potential benefits of massage or may have concerns about its risks. Consequently, barriers to access are sometimes created. For years, massage therapy has been thought to initiate or accelerate cancer metastases in patients with cancer (Walton, 2000). Likewise, many massage therapists are concerned that massage—or [...]

The benefits of exercise in the setting of androgen-deprivation therapy (ADT) are similar to those observed in healthy older adults

For 70 years, androgen-deprivation therapy (ADT) has remained the foundation of treatment for advanced prostate cancer.1 ADT with gonadotropin-releasing hormone agonists, gonadotropin-releasing hormone antagonists, or bilateral orchiectomy induces castrate levels of serum testosterone that promote apoptosis and regression of androgen-dependent prostate tumors. Indications for ADT include neoadjuvant or adjuvant settings treatment of aggressive locoregional [...]

Research showed a modest effect following a Pilates exercise program in improving shoulder abduction and external rotation range of motion

The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of Pilates exercises on shoulder range of motion (ROM),pain, mood, and upper-extremity (UE) function in women who had been treated for breast cancer. The participants were 4 women who had undergone axillary dissection and radiation therapy for stage I to IV breast cancer. A [...]

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