Role of exercise in the prevention and management of lymphedema after breast cancer
Hayes, Sandra C. (2010) Role of exercise in the prevention and management of lymphedema after breast cancer. Exercise and Sport Sciences Reviews, 38(1), p. 2.
Swelling or lymphedema of the limb, trunk, or breast is considered the most problematic and dreaded concern after treatment for breast cancer and has significant physical, psychological, and social ramifications. Conservative incidence estimates suggest that 20%-30% of breast cancer survivors will experience lymphedema, with the majority of cases (up to 80%) occurring within the first year after surgery. The etiology of secondary lymphedema seems to be multifactorial, with acquired abnormalities as well as preexisting conditions being contributory factors.
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