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Musculoskeletal issues following breast cancer surgery

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Lymphoedema and shoulder restrictions are common side effects of breast cancer surgery.

This lecture will cover the musculoskeletal physiotherapy management of the breast cancer patient through the post-operative and treatment period. It will Include management of the post-op shoulder, axillary cording and lymphoedema risk.

Sharni will discuss the common musculoskeletal dysfunctions seen in this population along with treatment strategies. Relevant case studies will also be presented.


Sharni Quinn is the Clinical Lead Physiotherapist at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre. She is a dedicated and passionate oncology physiotherapist with over 10 years clinical oncology experience. In addition to her Physiotherapy qualifications, Sharni has also completed a Graduate Certificate in Adolescent Health (Oncology) and a Graduate Certificate in Clinical Research. She holds a Certificate 4 in Training and Assessment and is a Level 1 Lymphoedema therapist. Sharni holds a Clinical Physiotherapy position on the COSA Exercise and Cancer Group Executive Committee and is a member of the Australian Physiotherapy Association Cancer, Palliative care and Lymphoedema network. Sharni has a special interest in Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) Cancer, Exercise and Cancer, Lymphoedema, and Oncology Education.


Cancer, Palliative Care and Lymphoedema National Group

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CPD Hours

1 Hour


Please note: The content of this Lecture on Demand (LOD) was captured via a recording of a live lecture at the APA premises. Due to the nature of the event and the recording method, this LOD may not have captured some of the questions/comments from live audience. Your purchase of this module indicates your acceptance of this.