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Breast Cancer Rehabilitation: Live-Online – March 2023

Breast Cancer Rehabilitation: Live-Online – March 2023

Tania Obljubek
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Did you know 1 in 8 women in Canada will develop breast cancer with survival rates higher than ever? 

Over 72% of women will be left with an impairment that can be treated/prevented by rehabilitation professionals. 

Would you like to learn how to work in a specialized area of practice? 

Do you want to empower people with tools to be physically resilient through cancer treatments and beyond? 

Then this course is for you…. 

During the initial stages of cancer treatment, more attention is focused on treating the cancer whereas pain, musculoskeletal issues, psychological and social challenges are often overlooked. As a result, patients can feel overwhelmed and disconnected from treatment decision-making and may not feel heard. Patients value person-centered care delivered by a clinician that is confident and knowledgeable to help them feel empowered through shared decision-making. The evidence is clear that cancer rehabilitation is an important part of the cancer care pathway and rehabilitation professionals are well positioned to provide the personalized care people need and want. 

This course will provide the groundwork and mentorship to begin developing skills in breast cancer rehabilitative care. 

Drawing attention to biopsychosocial, person-centered care, this course will teach evidence-based rehabilitation techniques through all stages of treatment including surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, and endocrine therapies. Rehabilitation professionals will learn to focus on all aspects of the person's life to engage and empower patients in their recovery. Special focus will be on the practical learning of assessment, therapeutic exercise prescription, soft tissue manipulation techniques and home exercise programming by working with the patient to pursue valued activities and meaningful goals.  

We will be joined with Jen Bladon, PT who will review therapeutic exercise and its role in recovery.

This course is taking place live-online with labs demonstrated via video and experiential classes. 

Upon completion of this course, participants will learn:

  • Overview of current science-based knowledge and clinical expertise related to breast cancer rehabilitation, exercise, and manual therapy. 
  • Use a person-centered, biopsychosocial approach to assess and plan treatment alongside the patient.
  • Understand the surgical and medical management of breast cancer.
  • Describe basic anatomy of the breast, upper quadrant, and lymphatic system.
  • Understand the roadmap of rehabilitation before, during and after breast cancer treatment.
  • Identify and treat using manual therapy techniques, therapeutic alliance, and exercises for common musculoskeletal impairments during and after treatment including, axillary web syndrome, scarring, radiation fibrosis and swelling to engage, decrease threat and increase confidence and resilience.
  • Learn risk reduction strategies for lymphedema
  • Learn individualized exercise programs to improve function, reduce impairments and to improve overall quality of life through all stages of treatment that are meaningful for the patient.
  • Understand the effects of chemotherapy, cancer related fatigue, osteoporosis, cardiotoxicity, and hormone changes on rehabilitative interventions.
  • Be aware of how pelvic health is affected by breast cancer treatment and ideas to support clients.
  • Learn behavioural strategies to empower people by helping them find what works for them in different situations and life circumstances. Also, to move away from the battle metaphor to working and seeing the body compassionately.

Audience: All regulated health professionals including physiotherapists, occupational therapists, and massage therapists. 

Prerequisites: None

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Breast Cancer Rehab March 2023


March 25-26, 2023 from 10:30am-6:30pm ET (Toronto). Please convert to your local time zone. 


Tania Obljubek, BSc, BScPT, MClSc, CDT (Lead instructor)

Tania is a women’s health physiotherapist passionate about breast cancer rehabilitation and aging well. With over 267years of experience, she inspires people to bring balance into their life, support path of recovery and guide people to reaching value-based goals for improved function, strength, and mobility She is passionate about helping people get back to living again. She is best known for her caring yet empowering nature. Tania received a Bachelor of Physical Therapy from University of Western Ontario and a Bachelors of Science from Lakehead University. She recently completed in 2022 her Master’s in Clinical Rehabilitation Science with a specialization in Interprofessional Pain Management. 
Tania has worked extensively in a variety of areas including hands, burns, inpatient and outpatient general/surgical medicine and rehabilitation including pool rehabilitation. For the past 24 years she has worked at Women’ College Hospital. She has covered all areas of women’s health but has expertise in pelvic health, senior’s health and breast cancer and breast reconstruction rehabilitation and lymphedema management. Tania has spent time learning about the unique needs of the female population and uniquely qualified to assist women to live healthy, pain-free lives. 
She is a constant innovator and passionate about improving rehabilitation access to women recovering from breast cancer and aging well through peri-menopause and menopause. She co-authored a booklet, with the support of the Peter Gilgan Center and Canadian Cancer Society on Pelvic Health and Breast Cancer. 
Tania provides leadership in the physiotherapy community by teaching workshops to both the public and professional colleagues.

Tania is also a mother, wife, aunt, sister, daughter, colleague, and friend. Tania believes to be a good therapist you must practice what you preach: Exercise, good nutrition, humour, always learning something new and self-care are a big part of her life. Tania also ensures she always takes a step back to ensure she is living a valued driven life. 

Jen Bladon (guest instructor)

Jen Bladon. Physiotherapist (BSc. PT, FCAMPT, CIDN, Fellow, Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physiotherapists, Certified Integrated Dry Needling, Pelvic Health Physiotherapy, TRX certified, CrossFit Level 1) has a varied patient practice within Crossfit Newmarket Aurora Central. Jen’s work has included an advanced practice role with Dr John Randle, an orthopaedic surgeon specializing in shoulder conditions. Other clinical interests include pelvic health/pelvic floor rehabilitation supporting women's health, and physiotherapy and fitness through a coaching lens for active and athletic individuals of all ages. Yoga teacher trained, Jen blends the best of all movement disciplines from rehab to fitness, grounded in a therapeutic approach.  



What people are saying

Being a Pelvic Health Physiotherapist goes beyond the pelvis. Taking the Breast Cancer Rehabilitation course allowed me to become a more well-rounded Women’s Health Therapist. Tania provided an excellent, informative course. She delivered the information in such a clear and organized way, that I felt I could go back to the clinic and put it into practice immediately. I came away with a better understanding of the disease itself, all of its effects, side effects, and the process of treatment. You will not regret signing up, and you’ll look forward to helping so many more women in their survivorship!

– Celeste B

Thank you Pelvic Health Solutions for adding this much-needed topic to your already dynamic list of courses. I signed up for this course with the eagerness to help those in need but I was lacking the knowledge. I left this course feeling confident, well-educated, and ready to treat women with breast cancer. Tania was amazing! Her knowledge and passion for helping women through various stages of their cancer journey was inspiring. She created an atmosphere that was very welcoming and comfortable; where we could discuss cases, ask questions, and participate in hands-on activities.  I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to be taught by such an experienced professional. Thanks, Tania & PHS!!

– Nadia R

The Breast Cancer Rehabilitation course was an incredible opportunity to gain clarity when working with clients who have been diagnosed with or are recovering from breast cancer. Treating and caring for this specialized population requires particular care, awareness of red flags, and special considerations as well as planning, and this incredible course laid out a clear framework. This course was both enlightening and practice-changing and I cannot recommend it highly enough.

– Chana R