Lymphedema

Resistance Training Improves Posttreatment Outcomes for Breast Cancer Survivors

Resistance Training Improves Posttreatment Outcomes for Breast Cancer Survivors

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Loss of bone density related to chemotherapy and adjuvant therapy for breast cancer can lead to debilitating hip and vertebral fractures. This discussion discusses the impact of resistance training for these patients.

Bioimpedence Spectroscopy Improves Early Detection of Breast Cancer-Related Lymphedema in At-Risk Patients

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Bioimpedance spectroscopy (BIS) effectively assesses for subclinical breast cancer-related lymphedema in patients at risk, and accurately assess patients for response to treatment.

Symptom Count Shows Potential as Diagnostic Tool for Lymphedema in Breast Cancer Survivors

Symptom Count Shows Potential as Diagnostic Tool for Lymphedema in Breast Cancer Survivors

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Nurse researchers examined the validity, sensitivity, and specificity of various symptoms indicative of breast cancer-related lymphedema. They also determined the best cutoff points for diagnosing lymphedema and risk of lymphedema in breast cancer survivors.

Risk of Lymphedema Is Associated With Obesity in Patients With Breast Cancer

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Lymphedema related to breast cancer is one of the most distressing and feared late effects of breast cancer treatment. Given the improved survival following breast cancer, more and more survivors face lifetime risk of developing this late effect.

Advanced Device Improves Health and Costs for Patients With Lymphedema

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Lymphedema patients experienced a nearly 80% reduction in their cellulitis episodes just by using an advanced pneumatic compression device at home, according to a recent study.

Overweight breast cancer survivors treated with tamoxifen may have higher risk for arm lymphedema

Overweight breast cancer survivors treated with tamoxifen may have higher risk for arm lymphedema

Breast cancer survivors with a body mass index (BMI) >25 who report the use of tamoxifen therapy may be at increased risk for arm lymphedema.

Safety, tolerability of Kinesio Taping in patients with arm lymphedema assessed

Safety, tolerability of Kinesio Taping in patients with arm lymphedema assessed

Kinesio Tex Gold bandage proved to be safe and tolerable in patients with lymphedema, and resulted in improved functionality.

Utilizing home therapy for cancer-related lymphedema can lower costs

Utilizing home therapy for cancer-related lymphedema can lower costs

Home use of pneumatic compression devices to treat lymphedema can reduce annual treatment costs.

Insight gained into care of cancer-related lymphedema

Insight gained into care of cancer-related lymphedema

Advances in treatment offer insight into lymphedema management, improvements in care

Racial disparities in breast cancer care extends to lymph node biopsy

Racial disparities in breast cancer care extends to lymph node biopsy

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A study from the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center reveals a disparity in use of sentinel lymph node biopsy between black and white women.

Lymphedema awareness low in patients with breast cancer

Lymphedema awareness low in patients with breast cancer

Although they experienced classic symptoms of post-surgical lymphedema, many breast patients didn't recognize the condition as related to treatment.

Patient-centered educational and behavioral program reduces risk of lymphedema

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Promoting lymph flow and optimizing BMI after breast cancer surgery had a 97% success rate for patients in the program 1 year after surgery, according to a new study.

Internal lymphedema underlies swallow dysfunction in head and neck cancer

Internal lymphedema underlies swallow dysfunction in head and neck cancer

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Treatment-related dysphagia symptoms are likely caused by internal lymphedema among patients with head and neck cancer, according to research presented at the 2014 ASCO Annual Meeting.

New solution to detect lymphedema from breast cancer

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Lymphedema can be accurately assessed through the use of Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis (BIA) ratios, according to a new study.

Simple compression bandages as effective as massage for lymphedema

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McMaster University researchers found no difference in patients with breast cancer who used simple compression bandages to treat lymphedema compared with those who underwent daily lymphatic massage.

Some lymph nodes can be spared after partial mastectomy

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Removal of all axillary lymph nodes may be unnecessary in women undergoing breast-conserving therapy (partial mastectomy followed by whole-breast radiation), researchers have found.

Extensiveness of breast cancer surgery linked to risk of lymphedema

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Breast cancer survivors who have extensive surgery are four times more likely to develop arm lymphedema, according to a new study.

Radiotherapy and surgery provide regional control for breast cancer patients

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Both axillary lymph node dissection and axillary radiotherapy provide excellent regional control for breast cancer patients with a positive sentinel node biopsy, according to a final study analysis.

Fear of lymphedema after sentinel lymph node biopsy greater than risk

Fear of lymphedema after sentinel lymph node biopsy greater than risk

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Despite the low risk of lymphedema after sentinel lymph node biopsy, most women worry about this complication and practice risk-reducing behaviors to avoid it.

Blood test may allow for early diagnosis of lymphedema

A set of proteins circulating in blood may flag the presence of lymphedema, which is difficult to diagnose before the onset of physical symptoms.

ONS Connections: External lymphedema scale developed for head and neck cancer

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Lymphedema in patients with head and neck cancer can be described through an instrument that has been developed and validated.

Lymphedema best managed through exercise and complete decongestive therapy

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Self-care is an essential part of treating patients with lymphedema, with full-body exercise and complete decongestive therapy being the best ways to minimize symptoms and maintain quality of life.

Comprehensive approach to lymphedema treatment seems best

Emphasizing quality of life rather than focusing solely on reducing swelling appears to be key in managing cancer-related lymphedema.

Sentinel node biopsy safe for vulvar squamous cell cancer

Sentinel node biopsy safe for vulvar squamous cell cancer

Sentinel lymph node biopsy may be used in place of inguinal femoral lymphadenectomy.

Liposuction helps manage lymphedema in head and neck cancer

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In patients with a previous head and neck cancer, liposuction is a well-tolerated surgical treatment for persistent submental lymphedema.

Link between obesity and lower-extremity lymphedema explored

Link between obesity and lower-extremity lymphedema explored

Study finds that as BMI increases, there may be a threshold above which lymphatic flow is impaired.

Coping With Lymphedema

Coping With Lymphedema

After lymph node removal, painful swelling may result. This fact sheet educates patients about how to manage symptoms.

Potentially treatable side effects plague breast cancer survivors for years

Six years after breast cancer treatment, more than 60% of women experienced at least one side effect amenable to rehabilitative intervention.

Nomograms can predict 5-year lymphedema risk

Researchers used a large data set to develop graphical statistical tools known as nomograms to help predict the 5-year risk of developing lymphedema after axillary dissection.

Breast Cancer: Coping With Your Changing Feelings

Breast Cancer: Coping With Your Changing Feelings

Having breast cancer can affect how you feel about yourself and your body. You also may experience difficult emotions. This patient fact sheet offers advice on how to cope with these issues.

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