Lymphedema awareness low in patients with breast cancer

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Many individuals with breast cancer that have experienced classic lymphedema symptoms did not recognize the condition or receive information on lymphedema from their care provider. At the 2014 American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) conference, Dorothy Pierce, RN, MSN, presented research done with respondents receiving treatment at the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey. The study examined patient data collected from April 2013 through June 2013 and found that among 24 patients with breast cancer, 79% experienced lymphedema symptoms and 71% of those felt the lymphedema symptoms were normal side effect of their primary treatment. Of the 24 women, 16 reported not receiving any information about lymphedema from their health care providers. Those eight patients receiving information about lymphedema got it from their radiation oncologist (5 women) or other medical professionals, in one case a physical therapist. The study respondents were mostly Caucasian, all of ages 40 to 49, and most had a high school education and attended college.

Lymphedema awareness low in patients with breast cancer
Lymphedema awareness low in patients with breast cancer
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Although they experienced classic symptoms of post-surgical lymphedema, many breast patients didn't recognize the condition as related to treatment and said they didn't receive any information about it from their healthcare providers, researchers said here.
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