A Multidisciplinary, comprehensive clinic, geared to treat, research, and prevent the array of symptoms known as “Post-Mastectomy Pain Syndrome”

Pain Management

A breast pain specialist can prescribe a tailored regimen for patients suffering form PMPS.

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Physical Therapy

Physical therapy can improve soft tissue mobility, minimize and release scar tissue, and strengthen muscles.

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Regional Anesthesia

If oral pain medications fail to fully address PMPS, patients may be treated with local anesthetics.

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Reparative Surgery

A surgical approach is considered after nonsurgical modalities to treat chronic PMPS have been exhausted.

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Breast cancer affects one in eight women across the United States. In 2020, an estimated 276,480 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed, along with 48,530 new cases of non-invasive (in situ) breast cancer. As of January 2020, there are more than 3.5 million women with a history of breast cancer in the U.S. This includes women currently being treated and women who have finished treatment. Mastectomy is part of the treatment in up to 40% of cases. Of that, up to 30% will develop Post-Mastectomy Pain Syndrome (PMPS.)

We believe that a major cause of chronic post-mastectomy pain is related to surgical injury to sensory nerves in the breast and chest area. This occurs as part of standard mastectomy today and is considered acceptable. Our experience has shown us that appropriate nerve handling during the mastectomy may avoid the problem altogether. It is difficult to manage the repercussions of nerve damage in the chest, breast, and axillary (armpit) area. There are specialists that focus on management of nerve damage elsewhere in the body (arms, legs, head.) However, this is an under-addressed area in terms of diagnosis, treatment, and prevention in the breast.
Breast Relief is a unique clinical and research initiative, geared towards addressing and preventing PMPS. By diagnosing patients, systematically treating them, and educating healthcare and patient communities, we ultimately aim to shift paradigms in surgical treatment of breast cancer.