The Bounce Back from Breast Cancer Program
Exercise allows you to maintain or improve your physical abilities, balance and muscle mass, as well as reducing cancer-related side effects and decreasing the likelihood of cancer coming back.
What many people don't realise is it can be a long road to recovery, once breast cancer treatment has finished. They ask "how can I get back to doing the things I love quickly and get the most out of my life?"
The Bounce Back from Breast Cancer Program is specially designed to do just that – improve strength, flexibility and self-confidence so you can get back to doing the things you love sooner.
So what are the experts saying?
The Clinical Oncology Society of Australia (COSA) stated in their position paper in May 2018, that evidence demonstrates that regular exercise before, during, and after treatment for cancer:
- Decreases the severity of adverse affects of associated treatments including chemotherapy;
- Improves physical function including cardiovascular fitness; muscular strength; and functional ability
- Increases energy levels;
- Improves quality of life
- Increases bone density
- Increases self-esteem
- Reduces the risk of cancer related death
- Reduces the risk of cancer recurrence
- Reduces the likelihood of developing breast cancer related lymphoedema (BCRL)
- Reduces the likelihood of developed BCRL becoming worse
- Improves posture; breathing; and functional movement
- Helps reduce weight gain
Bounce Back from Breast Cancer is a progressive, stretching, strengthening, and stabilising program designed to increase movement and mobility, strength and stability, and increase energy levels.
This program will provide you with an individualised home exercise regimen and educate you on how to safely work toward a full recovery, and help you to lead an active and fulfilling life.
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What does breast cancer related lymphoedema (BCRL) have to do with the lymphatic system?
Lymphoedema is a swelling in the arm, hand, breast, or torso caused by issues in the lymphatic system. Australian Lymphoedema Association
Women who have had breast cancer surgery and/or radiation therapy that removes or damages the lymph nodes are at risk of developing lymphoedema.
This is particularly true for cancer patients who have had all lymph nodes removed from their armpit (a full axillary node dissection), rather than those who only have a few lymph nodes removed (a sentinel lymph node biopsy).
There is evidence to suggest that women who are inactive and don’t exercise are at higher risk of getting breast cancer-related lymphoedema.
How can exercise support a healthy lymphatic system?
In order to thrive, our body needs a constant flow of fresh blood to reach the tissues and lymphatic capillaries.
But since the lymphatics don’t have a pump to help move the fluid through our bodies, they rely on arterial pulsation, intra-abdominal pressure and muscular contraction. And this pulsing, contracting and pressure changing occurs through movement and exercise.
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By wearing a graduated compression garment, prescribed by a qualified lymphoedema practitioner, this will also help move the lymphatic fluid from an affected or at-risk arm to reduce the risk of developing BCRL or prevent the condition from becoming worse. It is recommended to wear a compression garment while exercising.
Our bodies are designed for movement. They need it. So, when you exercise, you help the lymphatic system do its job to effectively filter your blood which boosts your immune system and helps fight infection. Not only is exercise a great form of prevention, it’s also empowering!
If you want to improve your strength, movement, mobility and confidence following breast cancer treatment, then this program is for you.
The Bounce Back From Breast Cancer Foundation Program is a 22 exercise rehab program, with detailed instructional videos guiding you through the program as if you were in the clinic with me.
- Detailed Instruction with Cancer Rehab & Lymphoedema Occupational Therapist, Kate Perkins, founder of the program
- Step-by-step instructions as if you are in the clinic with Kate
- A detailed exercise manual with photos & directions
- Focus on Streching, Strength and Core Stability
- Education: The lymphatic system & exercise
Why will this program work for you?
Because getting these results when you're preparing for or recovering from breast cancer can be really hard to achieve on your own. You need a program that will guide you through step-by-step, based on your individual situation and circumstance.