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Quality of life of women with lower-limb lymphedema following gynecological cancer

Finnane, Anna, Hayes, Sandra C., Obermair, Andreas, & Janda, Monika (2011) Quality of life of women with lower-limb lymphedema following gynecological cancer. Expert Review of Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research, 11(3), pp. 287-297.

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      Abstract

      Secondary lower-limb lymphedema can develop following treatment for gynecological cancers, and has debilitating effects on quality of life (QoL). Lymphedema can limit mobility and ability to perform daily activities, and have adverse effects on psychological and social wellbeing. When assessing the effect of lymphedema treatment methods, the focus is on change in clinically measured lymphedema status, rather than QoL outcomes. Considering that treatment for lymphedema involves a significant and ongoing commitment from patients, it is essential to determine whether the benefits to patients outweigh the burden associated with treatment.

      This article summarizes the results of studies assessing the impact of lower-limb lymphedema on QoL in women with gynecological cancer, evaluates their methodologies and discusses limitations and priorities for future research.

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      ID Code: 46302
      Item Type: Journal Article
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      Keywords: gynecological cancers, lower-limb lymphedema, QoL
      DOI: 10.1586/erp.11.30
      ISSN: 1744-8379
      Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > ONCOLOGY AND CARCINOGENESIS (111200)
      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 2011 Expert Reviews Ltd
      Deposited On: 05 Oct 2011 07:48
      Last Modified: 12 Jul 2014 11:40

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