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Breast Cancer

POST MASTECTOMY EXERCISES

04/10/1998

Question:

WHAT ARE SUGGESTED EXERCISES FOR THE POST MASTECTOMY PATIENT?

Answer:

You did not state what week you are post -operatively which will determine what exercises can be done. The surgeon usually does not educate you about exercises until your first visit to the physician's office after the surgery. If that has already occurred, then call the doctor's office and request written materials on exercises. These printed instructions are clear, easy to follow, and sometimes have pictures. Another excellent resource is the American Cancer Association. Look in your telephone book for the address or call for materials that would be helpful to you. I do want to emphasize though, that you must speak to your surgeon first, so you are not doing certain exercises too early for the surgery you had. Thank you writing.

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Response by:

Janet   Trigg, RN, MSN, EdD Janet Trigg, RN, MSN, EdD
Formerly:
College of Nursing
University of Cincinnati