Tips to Reduce Pain After Breast Cancer Surgery

As part of their treatment for breast cancer, many women will need to have some form of surgery such as a lumpectomy or a mastectomy. In this Breast Cancer Answers video shared in Jan 2014, listen as breast surgeon Dr. Julie Billar, from the Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center, talks about ways women can relieve pain following breast cancer surgery.

According to a recent study, more breast cancer tissue removed during partial mastectomy reduces the need for a second surgery. Read more here. 

Dr. Billar advises applying ice packs to the wound, and wearing a support bra supplied by the surgical team. She also demonstrates some simple exercises designed to improve stiffness and aid recovery.

Learn more about surgery as a treatment for breast cancer. 


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