Rehabilitation can be help you to achieve the things you want to do personally, with your family and in your life.

Why might I need rehabilitation?

It helps people to get back to doing their usual daily activities, such as getting around, speaking, eating and drinking, and caring for themselves.

It can allow you to keep more independence and dignity. Most people with secondary breast cancer use rehabilitation services at points in their care.

Who might provide my rehabilitation?

A wide range of specialists can help with rehabilitation. Examples include lymphoedema specialists, physiotherapists, psychosexual counsellors, and speech and language therapists.

Your clinical nurse specialist or others in your treatment team can coordinate your rehabilitation care and refer you to a specialist if needed.

Your rehabilitation will be tailored to your priorities, challenges and goals.

Tips and advice

Advice on getting the best care

To help you feel confident you’re getting the best care, you may want to:

  • Ask your treatment team what rehabilitation services are available to help you
  • Explain to your rehabilitation specialist what your hopes and goals for rehabilitation are, so you can plan together how to aim for these

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Information last reviewed: October 2015

Next review due: October 2018

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