On Monday night (6), the House of Representatives approved a draft law providing free physical therapy, through the Unified Health System (SUS), for patients who have undergone surgeries as a result of breast cancer treatment. This procedure applies to women or men who have undergone this procedure. The text goes to the Senate.
Today, a 1999 law guarantees women who have had their breasts removed due to cancer the right to university-conducted reconstructive plastic surgery.
The proposal approved by MPs in the same legislation includes the right to physical therapy when there is a medical need for rehabilitation and prevention of post-surgical complications.
Under the proposal, physical therapy would be guaranteed in all cases of complications resulting from treatment of breast tumors, not just those related to lumpectomy surgery.
In her opinion, Deputy Rapporteur Isa Arruda (MDB-PE) points out that surgery to remove the breast tumor is one of the first possible treatment options, but that this procedure “can be very aggressive, especially in cases of more serious diagnosis. Late, and often requires removal Entire breast.
According to the MP, physical therapy after mastectomy “when well indicated, can improve the results of surgical intervention, whether lumpectomy or reconstructive plastic surgery.”
“This, among many other benefits, will inevitably provide an improvement in a woman’s quality of life and can be an additional incentive for her to make the decision to undergo reconstructive surgery,” the MP says in the opinion.