Strength After Breast Cancer

Strength After Breast Cancer is a unique program designed for patients who have completed their treatment, and are embarking on the next stage of their recovery. Created by Penn Therapy & Fitness and researchers at the University Pennsylvania, our Strength After Breast Cancer program is run by therapists who work to help patients improve their health after treatment, while providing education about breast cancer-related conditions like lymphedema.

Penn Therapy & Fitness therapists can provide rehabilitation services to manage conditions related to breast cancer treatment (but not limited to):

  • Cancer fatigue
  • Deconditioning
  • Decrease of stamina and endurance
  • Lymphedema
Your Penn Therapy & Fitness therapist will work with you to develop a rehabilitation plan that’s right for you, including:
  • An individualized assessment by a physical therapist, reviewing strength, range of motion and your unique upper body issues
  • Individual care of any physical function or breast cancer-related issues
  • A one-hour lymphedema education program
  • Four, one-hour group exercise classes
  • An exercise program to continue at home (or at a gym)

Strength After Breast Cancer is based on our clinical trials, which showed a reduction in symptoms like swelling and fatigue. It’s specially designed for breast cancer survivors who have completed their cancer treatments, and backed by the quality of Penn Medicine. Ask your oncology clinician or physical therapist if you are eligible.

Our Strength After Breast Cancer therapy services are available at the following Penn Therapy & Fitness locations: