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Evidence-based or traditional treatment of cancer-related lymphedema.

Authors
  • Johansson, K
  • Karlsson, K
  • Nikolaidis, P
Type
Published Article
Journal
Lymphology
Publication Date
Mar 01, 2015
Volume
48
Issue
1
Pages
24–27
Identifiers
PMID: 26333211
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

The incidence of lymphedema (LE) related to treatment of women's cancer (breast and gynecologic) is as high as 40%. Treatment of LE varies around the world but was decades ago initially based on programs including manual lymph drainage (MLD), compression, skin care and easy exercise. With accumulating evidence and experience, it is time to consider if altering these treatment principles is needed. Based on accumulating evidence, we suggest less emphasis on manual lymph drainage and more on early diagnosis, compression, weight control and exercise for improvement of strength and circulation.

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