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Nuzzo, Nancy

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B.S. (Bachelor of Science)

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School of Allied Health and Communicative Disorders


I have proposed a set of musculoskeletal rehabilitation protocols for the different types of post-reconstruction surgeries for breast cancer patients. Breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths among women ages 40-59. Most breast cancer disease patients require a mastectomy procedure in which the entire breast tissue is removed. In addition, many women opt to have the missing breast reconstructed, using tissue from another part of their body to supplement the breast tissue taken out during the mastectomy. Since muscle tissue is removed from one part ofthe body and transposed to another part ofthe body, it is important to become aware of the possible functional deficits at both the transposed muscle site and the donor site. It is therefore important for the post-reconstruction patients to seek physical therapy for rehabilitation of the donor site and transposed tissue site. I have researched the various types of mastectomy and reconstruction surgeries available to breast cancer patients using research books and journals. From the research obtained, I have proposed a set of rehabilitation protocols for each type of reconstruction surgery, including possible complications associated with various types of reconstruction techniques and how they can hinder the rehabilitation process. Pictures are included as an appendix to enhance the protocols.


Includes bibliographical references.


24 pages




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