Yoga and Breast Cancer

January 20, 2022By Madison HudginsWhat We're Thinking About

Women with breast cancer are living longer, but are experiencing lasting psychological distress. A study published in the Journal of Integrative Cancer Therapies in January 2020 compared 24 trials of various yoga therapies to determine their effectiveness in reducing cancer related fatigue and overall quality of life. This research was completed at the University of … Read More

Lymphovenous Bypass Post-Operative Care

December 29, 2021By Madison HudginsWhat We're Thinking About

Lymphovenous bypass (LVB), also known as lymphovenous anastomosis (LVA) is a microscopic surgery where the lymphatic vessels are connected to nearby veins. Using imaging with indocyanine green dye, a suitable lymphatic vessel is identified and connected to a vein. This surgery is being used as an option for patients undergoing an axillary or groin lymph … Read More

Acupuncture and Cancer

October 19, 2021By Madison HudginsWhat We're Thinking About

Acupuncture is the insertion of thin, metal needles to stimulate specific points of the body that reach meridians throughout the body. Stimulation of these points can have varied effects on the human body, and it has been shown to be beneficial in reducing cancer related health concerns and discomfort. Acupuncture is a regulated health profession … Read More

Knitted Knockers

August 31, 2021By Madison HudginsWhat We're Thinking About

Knitted Knockers are a handmade breast prosthetic, with a polyfiber filling, that are designed for people who have undergone breast surgery. The lightweight, special prosthetics are soft and comfortable and most of all FREE. At Breast Rehab we are huge supporters of knitted knockers. These specialized prosthetics are a great option to women post operatively … Read More

Nutrition and Breast Cancer

July 27, 2021By Madison HudginsWhat We're Thinking About

Two of the main lifestyle factors that are commonly discussed within oncology research are nutrition and physical activity. Preliminary studies on specific diets and foods are largely inconclusive when it comes to prevention or causation of breast cancer. Some trends can be observed in isolated studies, but when reviewed as part of a more in … Read More

Theralase for Cancer Pain

June 30, 2021By Louise HaleyWhat We're Thinking About

Cancer pain can be exhausting, debilitating and stressful. But it doesn’t have to be. From decreasing pain and accelerating tissue healing to relieving inflammation, Theralase Low-Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) can provide the solution. Wondering if Theralase LLLT is right for you? We’ve got answers to the most frequently asked questions about Theralase LLLT and how … Read More

Teamwork is Dream Work

June 1, 2021By Louise HaleyWhat We're Thinking About

At Breast Rehab, we pride ourselves on having an interdisciplinary team made up of kinesiologists, massage therapists and physiotherapists. We all wear two “hats”; Louise holds licenses in both nursing and physiotherapy! She’s always believed that one of the most important aspects of taking care of someone is being able to look at them as … Read More

Body Image

March 2, 2021By Louise HaleyWhat We're Thinking About

Throughout my years of practice I have frequently heard patients talk about how difficult breast cancer treatment is, not only physically but mentally. In the clinic, we often see patients who are concerned and uneasy about the new body they are living in. As a result, we are always looking for new and successful ways … Read More

Therapeutic Knitting

October 29, 2019By Louise HaleyWhat We're Thinking About

I took up knitting when I was in second year nursing school at Lakehead University after seeing the incredible creations my classmates made. It was a great way to get together with friends on the cold winter evenings in Thunder Bay. I was immediately hooked as I found it such a relaxing activity. In 2010, my … Read More

BRA Day 2019

October 17, 2019By Louise HaleyEvents, What We're Thinking About

I attended BRA (Breast Reconstruction Awareness) Day with my colleagues Cheryl Yang and Sara Quiring. We had a booth which gave us the opportunity to answer questions related to reconstruction rehab. What an inspiring evening! The event, which attracted an audience of about 200 women, took place at The Ottawa Hospital (TOH) Civic campus Amphitheatre. … Read More