Post-Surgery Rehabilitation Programme
Within the Breast Care Unit, we run a Rehabilitation Programme. The programme is to help reduce our patient’s anxiety levels, improve quality of life and help make adjustments to living with cancer. The programme is made of four components:
A nurse led follow-up/symptom support clinic – patients are invited to this clinic at six-eight weeks post-surgery. It is a telephone consultation designed to look at post-operative recovery and the follow up support services that we offer. These are:
Gentle Aerobic Programme (YOGA) – this is a supervised exercise class aimed at improving arm movement / flexibility. Improving / maintaining physical activity and fitness, as fatigue can be a problem during and after treatment. It also helps reduce anxiety and provides peer support.
Complimentary therapy – This is offered to patients after recovery from surgery and runs from the Lodge.
Moving on Group – for patients with Breast Cancer this is a six week programme run at the Lodge, each session has a specific learning focus. The Group promotes self-help, but it also has the advantage of peer support. We run this programme with our clinical psychologist Christine Ward and one of the BCN’s. The content focuses on:
- Breast awareness
- Communication skills
- Fatigue and sleep problems
- Body image and sexuality
These programmes run on a Monday afternoon for 2.5hrs and are offered to our patients after treatment is complete.
For more information contact Breast Care Nurse Specialists 01803 655634.