October 23, 2012: October is National Physical Therapy Month and National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Although many consumers might not think of physical therapy and breast cancer treatment being related, in this interview a physical therapist describes why physical therapy is so important in a breast cancer treatment plan, not just eventually but early on. She also outlines the relationship between breast cancer and lymphedema and provides advice for those who might be at risk.
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Nicole Stout, PT, MPT, CLT-LANA, is senior rehabilitative practice leader for Kaiser Permanente’s mid-Atlantic region, the author of more than a dozen articles on cancer and lymphedema, and a member of APTA’s Board of Directors.