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What is Breast Cancer?

Breast cancer is an uncontrolled growth of breast cells. To better understand breast cancer, it helps to understand how any cancer can develop. Cancer occurs as a result of mutations, or abnormal changes, in the genes responsible for regulating the growth of cells and keeping them healthy. The genes are in each cell’s nucleus, which acts as the “control room” of each cell. Normally, the cells in our bodies replace themselves through an orderly process of cell growth: healthy new cells take over as old ones die out. But over time, mutations can “turn on” certain genes and “turn off” others in a cell. That changed cell gains the ability to keep dividing without control or order, producing more cells just like it and forming a tumor.

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Can Pilates benefit Breast Cancer?

Fatigue, limited range of motion, and even fear of moving sore areas may make a woman shy away from exercise. The right kind of exercise, though, guided by trained professionals, can be of great benefit for women recovering from breast cancer, including pilate’s.

One of the best things about exercise is that it can be relaxing and energizing at the same time. Women in recovery are often fighting stress and fatigue. Increasing energy levels and reducing stress, then, are very important — as they are for most of us. In addition, regaining strength and range of motion in the chest, shoulders, back and arms will help a woman care for herself and resume her normal life. Gaining independence also goes a long way toward a sense of emotional empowerment.

 

Can Yoga benefit Breast Cancer?

Yoga can help you center your thoughts and maintain flexibility, but also has benefits specifically for people living with cancer. Symptoms of fatigue, insomnia, and pain can all lower your quality of life with cancer. In recent years the use of yoga has been evaluated in many studies looking at cancer symptoms. It is important to note that these benefits of yoga relate to improvement in the symptoms of cancer and are not considered a “treatment” for cancer. In this context, yoga is usually used in an “integrative” fashion, meaning that alternative methods such as yoga are offered to help an individual cope with symptoms, while traditional medical practices such as surgery and chemotherapy are used to treat the cancer itself.

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Can Rehabilitation benefit Breast Cancer?

Rehabilitation medicine deals with prevention, diagnosis, treatment and maximizing recovery from a serious illness or injury. Cancer rehabilitation services can include a variety of health care experts, resources and healing techniques to help you recover physically and emotionally. A primary care provider, oncologist or physiatrist (rehabilitation physician) may coordinate care for you with other rehabilitation professionals. Rehabilitation professionals often work as a team to maximize a cancer survivor’s physical and emotional recovery. The team members may vary depending on the cancer diagnosis, treatment and other medical problems such as side effects or aftereffects.

 

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