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Physical Therapy in Breast Cancer



6 hrs




No Subtitles


April 27, 2024


9:oo am to 15:30 pm (EST)

$ 390.00

Only available in french. 

Required attendance. A replay will be available for a short period if necessary.

Breast cancer is the second most common cancer in Canada, and one in eight women will receive a breast cancer diagnosis during their lifetime. This evidence-based online course will provide you with a solid understanding of the role of physiotherapy professionals in breast cancer care.

First, various surgeries for breast cancer will be discussed, along with the different adjuvant treatments often associated with them and the various potential side effects. Some consequences with a greater impact on functional aspects will be further elaborated, such as Axillary Web Syndrome, neuropathies, post-radiotherapy skin and muscle fibrosis, and lymphedema.

The involvement of physiotherapists, both preoperatively and postoperatively, in promoting optimal recovery after surgery and associated treatments will be explored in greater detail.

In summary, by the end of this course, you will be able to assist this patient population both in preventive and curative aspects. You will be capable of efficiently and safely assessing a patient after breast surgery, providing the best possible care, and promoting their optimal recovery.

We recommend taking this course in conjunction with the lymphedema management offered by the same instructor.

If you have an interest in oncology and wish to further your education, this course pairs well with our “Oncology Rehabilitation – Level 1” course.

Course Outline

  • Module 1 : The different types of breast surgery
    • Partial mastectomy
    • Total mastectomy
    • Modified radical mastectomy
    • Sentinel node technique
    • Lymph node evacuation
    • Prophylactic total mastectomy
    • Breast reconstruction
  • Module 2 : Neoadjuvant and adjuvant treatments for non-metastatic breast cancer
    • Neoadjuvant chemotherapy
    • Adjuvant chemotherapy
    • Adjuvant radiotherapy
    • Anti-hormone therapy
    • Targeted therapies
  • Module 3 : The main side-effects of adjuvant treatments with an impact on our physiotherapy interventions
    • Main side effects of chemotherapy
    • Acute vs. delayed side effects of radiotherapy
    • Main side effects of anti-hormone therapy
    • The main side effects of HER-2 targeted therapy (Herzuma)
  • Module 4 : The most significant functional consequences of breast cancer
    • Axillary Web Syndrome
    • Post-op and post-chemotherapy neuropathy
    • Post-radiotherapy skin and muscle fibrosis
    • Lymphedema
  • Module 5 : Pre-operative vs. post-operative physiotherapy
    • Preoperative group vs. virtual vs. individual teaching
    • Group post-operative teaching
    • More individual post-operative component
  • Module 6 : Physiotherapy assessment and treatment options
    • Typical comprehensive assessment in post-surgery physiotherapy for breast cancer
    • Different examples of analysis and associated intervention plan
  • Module 7 : Existing breast cancer resources
    • Center des maladies du sein du CHU de Québec website
    • CICM educational capsules on breast cancer
    • The Quebec Lymphedema Association (AQL)
    • Various Oncology Foundations

Published: October 18, 2023

  1. Understand the different types of breast surgery;
  2. Understand the neoadjuvant and adjuvant treatments available for non-metastatic breast cancer;
  3. Know the main side effects of neoadjuvant and adjuvant treatments that have an impact on our physiotherapy interventions;
  4. Understand what Axillary Web Syndrome is;
  5. Assess, treat and counsel patients with Axillary Web Syndrome;
  6. Understand post-operative and post-chemotherapy neuropathies and their associated consequences;
  7. Know how to counsel users with post-operative or post-chemotherapy neuropathies in order to minimize their consequences and promote their alleviation;
  8. Understand post-radiotherapy skin and muscle fibrosis;
  9. Know how to advise users undergoing adjuvant radiotherapy on the preventive exercises to be applied and the recommended duration of treatment;
  10. Know how to assess, treat and advise users with post-radiotherapy skin and muscle fibrosis in order to limit the functional impact and maximize their recovery;
  11. Understand what lymphedema is following breast cancer, and know the evidence on the different risk factors for lymphedema;
  12. Know how to advise users on the prevention of post-operative lymphedema;
  13. Know how to assess and detect the early onset of lymphedema;
  14. Advise patients on the early treatment of lymphedema (without CDT);
  15. Be familiar with the various preoperative physiotherapy teaching options available to breast cancer patients;
  16. Explore a model for post-operative physiotherapy group teaching for the prevention of post-breast surgery sequelae;
  17. Explore a possible physiotherapy service offering for individual post-breast surgery patients;
  18. Be able to safely and effectively assess and treat a post-breast surgery patient presenting with various after-effects of surgery or related treatments;
  19. Be familiar with existing physiotherapy resources related to breast cancer, and know how to refer users to the right resources when necessary.

Mélissa Bergeron

Physiotherapist PT


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This course is open to all physiotherapy professionals wishing to manage breast cancer. No previous oncology course is required.


Content is not intended for use outside the scope of the learner’s license or regulation. Continuing education courses should not be taken by individuals who are not licensed or otherwise regulated, except, as they are involved in a specific plan of care. By participating in this course, the participant agrees to respect his/her professional scope of practice.

The instructor speaks in French. No subtitles will be available.

Handouts are only available in French.

No prerequisites are required.
No knowledge or expertise in oncology is required for this course.

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Continuing education units

Each health professional who is a member of a college or association must complete continuing education units (CEU) annually. Here is some information about kinesiologists, physiotherapists and physiotherapy technologists.

Kinesiologist, FKQ

All accredited members of the Fédération des Kinésiologues du Québec (FKQ) must accumulate 30 credits of recognized continuing education every two years from the year of their accreditation. These credits can be obtained from continuing education offered by the FKQ and/or other organizations recognized by the FKQ. In order to facilitate your task of analyzing the credits granted to your course, the FKQ Continuing Education Committee gives you access to an equivalency grid.

For each* of your courses at Bia education, you will receive a certificate of participation confirming the number of hours of course received.

*Excluding course not accessible to kinesiologists, this exclusion will be mentioned in the course description.

Kinesiologist-kinesitherapist, A.K.K.O.M.Q.

All members of the A.K.K.O.M.Q. must accumulate continuing education units. The association intends to ensure the safety and quality of kinesiology and kinesiology-kinesitherapy interventions, by requiring its members to maintain and improve their knowledge through the many continuing education courses offered annually, and to put their skills into practice while respecting the code of ethics. Credits can be obtained from continuing education offered by the FKQ and/or other organizations recognized by the FKQ.

For each* of your courses at Bia education, you will receive a certificate of participation confirming the number of hours of course received.

*Excluding course not accessible to kinesitherapists, this exclusion will be mentioned in the course description.

Physiotherapist and physiotherapy technologist, OPPQ

In the case of physiotherapists, each member must have a minimum of 45 hours of continuing education units (CEU) during the reference period, which is three years. Of these 45 hours, at least 30 hours must be accumulated in formal learning activities. The remaining continuing education hours can be accumulated in autonomous, formal learning activities or in a combination of both categories.

A CEU is equivalent to one hour of course, which is the actual time spent by the member to acquire or update his or her knowledge or skills. In the context of a formal activity, the member is in a learning situation when acting as a participant. Time spent on breaks, meals or any other activity without academic content should therefore be subtracted from the calculation of CEUs.

A formal learning activity is defined as an activity designed and delivered by experts in the subject matter and with a predetermined structure, content, objectives and duration. All the course offered by Bia education are therefore likely to be considered as a formal learning activity. During your course at Bia education, you will receive a certificate attesting to the number of hours of continuous education granted to the event.

Then, it is the physiotherapist’s role to define whether the suggested training theme is related to his or her practice and will allow him or her to optimize his or her professional competence.

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6 Hours

Certificate of Completion

Online Live Course

5 Bia points

Access Duration

6 months
Scientific membership: Unlimited


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