Some women with breast cancer are at higher risk for osteoporosis, bone fragility, and fracture due to the nature of their cancer treatment. Hope & Cope and the Segal Cancer Centre spearheaded a program dedicated to promoting bone health in breast cancer. This initiative was possible thanks to a grant (2014-2018) from the Quebec Breast Cancer Foundation (rubanrose.org). The program was a team effort with the co-leadership of a nurse and a physiotherapist working together to identify, screen, and support women through research-informed activities. Principal investigator, Dr. Loiselle and her team (Lapointe, J., Dalzell, M. A., O'Brien, S., Lau, G.J. & Ibrahim, M.) documented how awareness raising, education, exercise, nutrition, and lifestyle modifications can be integrated into current breast cancer treatment practices. The culmination of these efforts was a cost-effective comprehensive bone health toolkit that can be easily transferred to other clinical settings in Quebec.
For more information about this program: www.breastandbonehealth.ca