Correspondence : lymphedema following breast cancer

Hayes, Sandra C., Janda, Monika , Cornish , Bruce , & Newman , Beth (2009) Correspondence : lymphedema following breast cancer. Journal of Clinical Oncology, 27(17), p. 1.

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Lymphedema—a chronic, disabling sequela of breast cancer treatment—is finally receiving the research attention it deserves. The work published by Norman et al1 in the January issue of Journal of Clinical Oncology supports the findings of this emerging literature, which demonstrates that lymphedema is common following breast cancer treatment, but that higher estimates are observed when self-report is used to assess lymphedema status compared with other measures such as circumferences, perometry, or bio-impedance spectroscopy. While Norman et al reported that the majority of cases occur within 2 years of diagnosis, work by us2 and others3 have demonstrated that the majority of cases (70% to 80%) occur within the first 12 months after diagnosis. Collectively, this work advocates for the measurement of lymphedema being included within routine presurgical and postsurgical care. However, until we know more about the effectiveness of lymphedema treatment, clinicians may remain skeptical about active screening for lymphedema.

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ID Code: 28357
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: lymphedema, breast cancer
DOI: 10.1200/JCO.2009.22.3388
ISSN: 0732-183X
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > ONCOLOGY AND CARCINOGENESIS (111200)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > CLINICAL SCIENCES (110300)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Deposited On: 01 Nov 2009 23:24
Last Modified: 09 Jul 2017 12:01

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