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Prevalence of upper-body symptoms following breast cancer and its relationship with upper-body function and lymphoedema

Hayes, Sandra C., Rye, Sheree, Battistutta, Diana, & Newman, Beth (2010) Prevalence of upper-body symptoms following breast cancer and its relationship with upper-body function and lymphoedema. Lymphology, 43(4), pp. 178-187.

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Abstract

This investigation describes the prevalence of upper-body symptoms in a population-based sample of women with breast cancer (BC) and examines their relationships with upper-body function (UBF) and lymphoedema, as two clinically important sequelae. Australian women (n=287) with unilateral BC were assessed at three-monthly intervals, from six to 18 months post-surgery (PS). Participants reported the presence and intensity of upper-body symptoms on the treated side. Objective and self-reported UBF and lymphoedema (bioimpedance spectroscopy) were also assessed. Approximately 50% of women reported at least one moderate-to-extreme symptom at 6- and at 18-months PS. There was a significant relationship between symptoms and function (p<0.01), whereby perceived and objective function declined with increasing number of symptoms present. Those with lymphoedema were more likely to report multiple symptoms and presence of symptoms at baseline increased risk of lymphoedema (ORs>1.3, p=0.02). Although, presence of symptoms explained only 5.5% of the variation in the odds of lymphoedema. Upper-body symptoms are common and persistent following breast cancer and are associated with clinical ramifications, including reduced UBF and increased risk of developing lymphoedema. However, using the presence of symptoms as a diagnostic indicator of lymphoedema is limited.

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ID Code: 37960
Item Type: Journal Article
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Keywords: Breast Cancer, Upper-Body Symptoms, Arm Function, Lymphoedema
ISSN: 0024-7766
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Public Health & Social Work
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2010 [please consult the authors]
Deposited On: 15 Oct 2010 09:00
Last Modified: 23 Oct 2013 13:42

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