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Semin Oncol Nurs. 2000 Aug;16(3):226-37.

Lymphedema in women treated for breast cancer.

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Adult Health Department, University of Maryland, School of Nursing, Baltimore 21201, USA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

To review the clinical and evidence-based knowledge of lymphedema in women treated for breast cancer, including the anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, diagnosis, management, and nursing role.

DATA SOURCES:

Research studies, review articles, clinical literature, American Cancer Society lymphedema work group proceedings.

CONCLUSIONS:

Arm lymphedema can be a consequence of treatment for breast cancer and may affect all aspects of quality of life at any time during recovery and long-term survivorship. Prevention and early treatment are vital.

IMPLICATIONS FOR NURSING PRACTICE:

As patient advocates, nurses can document patient complaints, conduct arm assessments, and reinforce arm precautions at every clinical visit. Knowledge of research and treatment advances is crucial to enhancing the quality of life of women treated for breast cancer.

PMID:
10967795
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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