Rehab Science Blog + Patient Resource

Managing the vaginal and urinary symptoms of menopause in breast cancer survivors

Chemotherapy and hormonal therapy can reduce estrogen levels, which often results in early menopause in breast cancer patients. As a result, this population is at special risk of developing the vaginal and urinary symptoms associated with menopause. Unfortunately, treating these symptoms in breast cancer patients poses unique challenges. Estrogen helps regulate…

Our Study Shows that Toronto Rehabilitation Institute’s ‘HEALTh’ Breast Cancer Exercise Program Works

I was recently involved in an evaluation of the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute’s Health, Exercise, Active Living, and Therapeutic Lifestyle (HEALTh) program for breast cancer survivors (ref 1). This breast cancer exercise program consists of weekly supervised exercise sessions combined with educational seminars, with an aim to help women recover from…

Could Lymphedema Cause Arteriosclerosis?

New research is pointing to a possible link between lymphedema and arteriosclerosis – a potentially lethal vascular condition. Is arteriosclerosis a complication of lymphedema that patients should be worried about? Arteriosclerosis is a hardening and thickening of the arteries. These vascular changes can eventually restrict blood flow to organs and…

Patient Testimonial: The Best Physiotherapy is a Partnership

The best physiotherapy treatment is based on an unspoken partnership between patient and therapist. When a therapist embodies this clinical philosophy, treatment can be patient-empowering, generous, adaptable, collaborative, and preventative. Without this partnership, even the most skillful physiotherapist can find themselves delivering formulaic care that can create patient dependence rather than…