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Cancer. 2011 Mar 15;117(6):1136-48. doi: 10.1002/cncr.25513. Epub 2010 Nov 8.

Conservative and dietary interventions for cancer-related lymphedema: a systematic review and meta-analysis.

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  • 1Department of Physical Therapy, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.


The findings support the use of compression garments and compression bandaging for reducing lymphedema volume in upper and lower extremity cancer-related lymphedema. Specific to breast cancer, a statistically significant, clinically small beneficial effect was found from the addition of manual lymph drainage massage to compression therapy for upper extremity lymphedema volume.

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