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Physiotherapeutic performance in mastectomy after breast cancer: a literature review

Journal of Cancer Prevention & Current Research
Adrianne Moura Carvalho,1 Gisela Rosa Franco Salerno2

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Breast Cancer is the second most common type of cancer, and the leading cause of cancer death in women. Among the treatments is the mastectomy, bringing negative physical and psychological consequences in the lives of these women, significantly reducing their quality of life.
Objective: To verify the physiotherapeutic procedures most used in postoperative breast after mastectomy surgery.
Methods: Literature review between 2007 and 2017, through consultation of national and international scientific articles in the following databases: Google Academic, lilacs, medline, Pubmed and Scielo, taking into account the key words: physiotherapy, cancer Of breast, mastectomy, mamoplasty, quality of life.
Results: 18 articles were identified in which the following modalities were identified: Complex Decongestive Therapy (CDT), Manual lymphatic drainage, Kinesioterapia, Low power laser, Ultrasound, Pneumatic compression, Manual therapy, Kinesio Taping and High voltage electrical stimulation.
Conclusion: CDT is the most used and effective technique, however, combining several techniques leads to a more complete, globalized and efficient treatment, showing that physiotherapy is essential in all phases of treatment, significantly improving the quality of Life of the mastectomized woman.


physiotherapy, breast cancer, mastectomy, mammoplasty, quality of life