Helping You Prepare for Breast Cancer Surgery

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Preparing for breast cancer surgery can bring a lot of stress and anxiety. You may be experiencing many different emotions and have a list of unanswered questions. The breast cancer team at MidMichigan Medical Center – Midland is available to offer information and support to help you prepare for your surgical experience.

A monthly “Healing After Breast Surgery” class is held at the Center for Women’s Health on the campus of MidMichigan Medical Center – Midland. This free class is offered the third Friday of every month and is hosted by a certified lymphedema physical therapist and a certified breast cancer nurse navigator. Both individuals are also certified in the rehabilitation of cancer patients.

Common topics reviewed and explained at the class include lymphedema, normal post-operative changes, how to care for your drain tubes and incisions, signs and symptoms of infection to watch for, nutrition for breast cancer and when therapy may be needed.

Patients are taught effective stretching exercises to perform after breast surgery that can preserve arm function and mobility and reduce the chance of lymphedema.

By educating you on these topics either prior to or shortly after your surgery, the goal is to provide you with the tools and knowledge necessary for a positive recovery experience. Small group sessions are held monthly to foster an inviting, laid-back atmosphere where patients feel comfortable discussing their fears or concerns.

Family members and caregivers are welcome to attend to support their loved one preparing for surgery. Educational booklets and references are provided free of charge.

MidMichigan Medical Center – Midland’s Breast Health Program is certified through the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers and has been recognized as the region’s only Certified Quality Breast Center of Excellence from the National Quality Measures for Breast Centers Program. Those who would like more information or to register for an upcoming Healing After Breast Surgery class may call (989) 837-9045.


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