Exercise for the Patient after Breast Cancer Surgery

Semin Oncol Nurs. 2017 Feb;33(1):98-105. doi: 10.1016/j.soncn.2016.11.010. Epub 2017 Jan 4.


Objective: To describe how mobilization stretches and exercise decrease shoulder impairments, a complication related to breast cancer surgery, thus improving quality of life.

Data sources: PubMed, Medline, Medline-Ovid.

Conclusion: Mobilization stretches and exercises after breast surgery are an effective way to improve shoulder range of motion and decrease chest tightness and pain.

Implications for nursing practice: Nurses who provide care to breast cancer patients need to teach and encourage patients to exercise postoperatively to eliminate or minimize the side effects of surgery.

Keywords: breast cancer; exercise; exercise benefits; mobilization stretches; surgery; weight training.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Breast Neoplasms / nursing*
  • Breast Neoplasms / surgery*
  • Exercise Therapy / standards*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Mastectomy / rehabilitation*
  • Middle Aged
  • Oncology Nursing / standards*
  • Patient Education as Topic*
  • Practice Guidelines as Topic*