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Clin J Oncol Nurs. 2017 Feb 1;21(1):21-25. doi: 10.1188/17.CJON.21-25.

Lymphedema: Improving Screening and Treatment Among At-Risk Breast Cancer Survivors.

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University of Cincinnati Blue Ash College.

Abstract

Inadequate peripheral lymphedema screening is a persistent gap in the provision of quality survivorship care at many breast cancer centers. Lymphedema should be identified and treated during the subclinical stage, when it is more likely reversible. The purpose of this project was to integrate a screening process for patients with breast cancer at risk for lymphedema, using bioimpedance spectroscopy via the L-Dex®, in a breast cancer center. A protocol was developed that included specific criteria for early patient referral to physical therapy.

KEYWORDS:

breast neoplasms; lymphedema; prevention and control

PMID:
28107316
DOI:
10.1188/17.CJON.21-25
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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