breast cancer recovery

The Transformative Benefits of Physiotherapy in Breast Cancer Treatment & Recovery

Every year in Australia, over 19,000 women receive the life-altering news of a breast cancer diagnosis. Amidst this challenging journey, the role of physiotherapy shines as a beacon of hope and support for these individuals. Remarkably, the five-year survival rate has risen from 76% to an encouraging 92% since 1994, thanks to advancements in breast cancer treatment, including the invaluable contribution of physiotherapy. 

Beyond mere statistics, these numbers represent the courageous individuals navigating the intricacies of breast cancer treatment. However, we acknowledge that the journey comes with many challenges, including the potential side effects of treatment. 


Did you know that physiotherapy can help?


The National Breast Cancer Foundation recognises the crucial role of physiotherapy in enhancing the quality of life for cancer patients.

Cancer Rehab Physiotherapy can play a pivotal role in this journey. It helps to address not only the disease itself but also the short and long term side effects of breast cancer treatment which can significantly impact daily life. 

Short term side effects of cancer treatment can include – 

  • Muscle weakness
  • Joint stiffness
  • Deconditioning
  • Pain 
  • Pins and needles
  • Stress, anxiety and depression
  • Fatigue

This is where physiotherapy emerges as a key ally. It helps to drastically reduce these side effects, from managing pain and fatigue to improving range of motion and strength and overall well-being, physiotherapy offers invaluable support in helping women regain their strength and independence.

Here is the proof…Extensive research has been conducted and the results show that exercising during cancer treatment reduces risk of death by nearly a half and significantly reduces cancer recurrence (don’t wait until after your treatment has finished to start exercising). That’s huge! Also, amazingly the effectiveness of chemotherapy was improved as a result of following a personally tailored exercise program from a qualified Cancer Rehab Physiotherapist. 

“Cancer patients would be shocked if they knew just how much of a benefit physical activity could have on their recovery and long-term health, in some cases reducing the chances of having to go through the grueling ordeal of treatment all over again.” by Professor Rod MacLeod, Senior Staff Specialist in Palliative Care and Conjoint Professor of the University of Sydney.


What is a PINC and STEEL Cancer Rehab Physiotherapist?


They are Your Compassionate Partners in Recovery.

Qualified PINC and STEEL Cancer Rehab Physiotherapists have done additional training in the area and are committed to supporting people affected by any type of cancer through all stages of their treatment and recovery.

As qualified PINC and STEEL Cancer Rehab Physiotherapists at The Wellness Edge, we understand the unique journey you’re on, and we’re here to support you every step of the way. Our treatment process is as follows – 

  1. We begin by assessing your specific needs and goals.
  2. We then ask what treatment you are having or have had and assess how your treatment is affecting you.
  3. We then craft a personalised rehabilitation plan perfectly aligned with your stage in the treatment or recovery process. 
  4. Beyond our expertise, we serve as mentors, guiding you towards regaining control over your health and life.

We teach you what you can do to get stronger again and help you understand why your body is reacting to the treatments in certain ways. We provide information to help you feel more in control of your body and life again. To learn more about PINC Cancer Rehabilitation Physiotherapy, visit the PINC and STEEL website.

Let’s dive into some practical recovery and exercise tips that you can incorporate today to make a difference in your journey.


8 Practical Recovery and Exercise Tips for Women Facing Breast Cancer


In your journey towards breast cancer recovery, let’s explore some practical tips that can truly make a difference. Think of these as your empowering action steps:

  1. Avoid Inactivity: It’s like your daily prescription for movement. Even short, regular exercise sessions can work wonders. Staying active isn’t just a good idea; it’s a key player in preventing complications and keeping your recovery on the right track.
  2. Prioritise Stress Reduction: Stress can be a roadblock, so it’s vital to find your stress-busting activities. Whether it’s meditation, indulging in a beloved hobby, or simply taking time for yourself, prioritising stress reduction is crucial for your overall well-being.
  3. Get a Physical and Functional Assessment: Picture this as your roadmap to a smoother journey. Reach out to a qualified PINC Cancer Rehab Physiotherapist for a thorough assessment. This not only helps you understand the impact of treatment but also allows you to address any concerns early on.
  4. Prioritise Exercise: Exercise isn’t just good for your body; we all know it’s good for your brain and mood too. Aim for at least 150 minutes of moderate physical activity each week, plus 2-3 resistance workouts. Your physiotherapist can create a plan tailored just for you.
  5. Pay Attention to Your Body: Your body is your guide, so pay attention to its signals. If something doesn’t feel right or if you notice any unusual symptoms, don’t hesitate to reach out for medical advice. Your well-being is the top priority.
  6. Build Strength with Resistance Exercises: Imagine each resistance exercise as a step toward greater strength, balance, and overall well-being. These exercises, recommended by your physiotherapist, can help you regain control of your body.
  7. Get Help for Fatigue: Rest is important, but too much of it can slow you down. If cancer-related fatigue becomes an issue, don’t hesitate to ask for help from your healthcare team. Managing fatigue can lead to a better quality of life during recovery.
  8. Celebrate Your Progress: Finally, remember to celebrate your achievements, no matter how small they may seem. Every milestone brings you closer to regaining control over your life and health. You’re a warrior on this journey, and every victory counts.


In conclusion, by embracing these recommendations, you’re not just on the path to recovery; you’re taking charge of your journey with strength and a renewed sense of purpose.

Ready to take charge of your breast cancer journey? Reach out today to me, Jen Edge, your qualified PINC Cancer Rehab Physiotherapist at The Wellness Edge. Let’s embark on this path towards healing and renewal together.