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Journal of IMAB - Annual Proceeding (Scientific Papers)
Publisher: Peytchinski Publishing Ltd.
ISSN: 1312-773X (Online)
Issue: 2020, vol. 26, issue4
Subject Area: Medicine
DOI: 10.5272/jimab.2020264.3390
Published online: 28 October 2020

Case report

J of IMAB. 2020 Oct-Dec;26(4):3390-3393
Yani Shivachev1ORCID logo Corresponding Autoremail, Stanislava Bogomilova1ORCID logo, Gergana Nenova2ORCID logo, Valentin Velchev3ORCID logo,
1) Training sector of Kinesitherapy, Faculty of Public Health, Department of Physiotherapy, rehabilitation, thalassotherapy, occupational diseases - Medical University of Varna and University center of East medicine, Varna, Bulgaria
2) Training sector of Kinesitherapy, Faculty of Public Health, Medical University of Varna and Department of Orthopedics and Traumatology, University Hospital for Active Treatment St. Marina Varna, Bulgaria
3) Department of Orthopedics and Traumatology, University Hospital for Active Treatment St. Marina Varna, Bulgaria.

Introduction: Worldwide breast cancer is the most common malignancy disease with a frequency of more than 6 million. The treatment consists of surgical intervention, chemotherapy, radiation, and often follow-up medical care in the long-term treatment is neglected. As a result of a partial or total mastectomy, one of the complications that patients develop is lymphedema, which may occur months or years after the surgery. This necessitates the search for systematic and effective approaches for these patients in order to improve physical and mental well-being, resocialization and return to previous levels of activity in daily life.
Case report: In 2019 a 58-year-old female patient, visited Medical University of Varna and University center of East medicine with the following complaints: pain in the armpit area, lymphedema of a right upper limb, a sense of weight and motor deficiency in the hand. In 2017 she is diagnosed with breast cancer by conducting an operative intervention consisting of a partial mastectomy with removal of 12 lymph nodes, followed by chemotherapy, radiotherapy treatment and medication therapy. For 2 years, the patient seeks help from a variety of healthcare professionals whose methods lead to short and unsatisfactory results. Impaired quality of life in daily activities is the main reason the patient to refer to the specialists at the University center of East medicine, offering a different and complex approach aimed at the patient’s overall recovery.
Conclusion: Early diagnosis and subsequent successful treatment approach are the path to holistic, systematic and effective treatment in cancer patients.

Keywords: oncology rehabilitation, breast cancer, mastectomy, quality of life,

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Please cite this article as: Shivachev Y, Bogomilova S, Nenova G, Velchev V. Oncology Rehabilitation - an alternative to breast cancer treatment. J of IMAB. 2020 Oct-Dec;26(4):3390-3393.
DOI: 10.5272/jimab.2020264.3390

Corresponding AutorCorrespondence to: Yani Shivachev, Assist. Prof., Department of Physiotherapy, rehabilitation, thalassotherapy, occupational diseases, Medical University of Varna and University centre of East medicine, Varna, Bulgaria; E-mail: qshivachevv@abv.bg

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Received: 19 November 2020
Published online: 28 October 2020

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