Exercise and Skin Care During Radiation

May 27, 2024By Lydia StraznickyWhat We're Thinking About

Radiation therapy is a common treatment for breast cancer, with approximately 50% of breast cancer patients receiving radiation at some point during their treatment.1 It is commonly done 5 days per week for 5-25 treatments total. The side effects and healing from radiation can be split into two phases: the acute phase and the long-term … Read More

Post-Operative Exercise Guidelines

March 25, 2024By Lydia StraznickyWhat We're Thinking About

Most people diagnosed with breast cancer will have surgery, as it is considered the primary treatment. The type of surgery you may have depends on a variety of factors such as the size and location of the tumour, the stage of cancer, and the size of the breast. Surgery types can include lumpectomies, mastectomies, lymph … Read More


February 25, 2024By Madison MaletteWhat We're Thinking About

Lipedema is a condition characterized by the abnormal deposition of adipose tissue, typically in the hips, thighs and legs, but stopping before the feet. It can also appear in the upper arms. Lipedema can be very painful, and often leads to capillary fragility, making patients more prone to easy bruising. This condition is also unique … Read More

Cellulitis- what is it?

November 20, 2023By Madison MaletteWhat We're Thinking About

Cellulitis is something that you have likely heard of if you have or are at risk of lymphedema. Although it is often mentioned briefly to cancer patients, we still see patients missing the hallmark signs of this common yet very serious condition. So, what exactly is cellulitis and how do we spot it? Cellulitis is … Read More

Psychotherapy for Cancer Patients

October 20, 2023By Madison MaletteWhat We're Thinking About

Receiving a cancer diagnosis has more impacts on a person other than just physical changes. The mental burden that such a condition can create is large and not to be overlooked. Psychotherapy is a tool that can help you navigate challenging emotions, build resilience during difficult times, and improve your overall quality of life. Psychotherapy … Read More

Skin Care

August 20, 2023By Madison MaletteWhat We're Thinking About

Your skin is your body’s first line of defence against infection. Taking care of your skin is always a key part of well-being, but it is particularly important when you are facing surgery, radiation, chemotherapy or other cancer related procedures. In preparation for surgery, it is important to ensure the skin in the operation area … Read More

Post-Mastectomy Pain Syndrome

December 23, 2022By Lydia StraznickyWhat We're Thinking About

After undergoing breast cancer surgery, some women are left with pain in their chest, armpit, and/or arm that doesn’t seem to go away with time. It can be frightening and frustrating, leaving women with questions like is this normal, why is this happening, and will it get better? This condition is called post-mastectomy pain syndrome … Read More

Chemotherapy-Induced Peripheral Neuropathy

November 23, 2022By Lydia StraznickyWhat We're Thinking About

Chemotherapy is a common treatment prescribed for many types of cancer. While advances in medicine have allowed chemotherapy to become more effective and have helped cancer patients to live longer, there are unfortunately still side effects that come with taking chemotherapy medications. One of the most common treatment-related side effects patients experience is chemotherapy-induced peripheral … Read More