Scar-related impairments after breast cancer are poorly understood, are under-represented in research and as a consequence may contribute to under treatment in both oncology rehabilitation and BC related lymphoedema. The most recent breast cancer-specific tool, MAP- BC requires training for clinicians as a rating is based on the interpretation of soft tissue palpation skills. These specific skills are not usually taught in lymphoedema classes.
The following assessment tools will be discussed at the workshop:
- Breast Q: new lymphoedema section
- Myofascial Adhesions in Patients after Breast Cancer (MAP-BC )
- Scar Q
Each tool offers a means of evaluating different impairments associated with scar and adhesions . By understanding the potential impact of different impairments, therapists can select evaluation tools to support service delivery within their clinical practice.
- Know the latest research regarding validity and reliability for each of the tools, specific to cancer-related evaluation.
- Know the latest changes in Breast Q: recording lymphoedema changes.
- Know how to perform and record changes associated with scar and adhesion at seven locations and at 3 levels with MAP-BC.
- Link common breast cancer related surgical procedures to the location of adhesions.
- Become familiar with the MAP-BC and SCAR Q through viewing an assessment of a client with cording and or mastectomy.