Upper-extremity pain disorders in breast cancer

Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2006 Mar;87(3 Suppl 1):S96-9; quiz S100-1. doi: 10.1016/j.apmr.2005.12.017.


Upper-extremity pain is a common and debilitating problem for patients with breast cancer. Although there is considerable literature describing symptoms, little is available on the specific disorders responsible for pain and debility in these patients. Cervical radiculopathy, brachial plexopathy, neuropathy, rotator cuff tendonitis, adhesive capsulitis, epicondylitis, postmastectomy syndrome, swelling, and bone metastases are among the common disorders responsible for upper-extremity pain in breast cancer patients.

Overall article objective: To discuss common upper-extremity pain disorders in patients with breast cancer.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Breast Neoplasms / complications*
  • Breast Neoplasms / pathology
  • Breast Neoplasms / therapy
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Joint Diseases / etiology*
  • Mastectomy / adverse effects
  • Pain / etiology*
  • Peripheral Nervous System Diseases / etiology*