Breast cancer-related lymphoedema risk reduction advice: a challenge for health professionals

Nielsen, Ilsa, Gordon, Susan, and Selby, Anita (2008) Breast cancer-related lymphoedema risk reduction advice: a challenge for health professionals. Cancer Treatment Reviews, 34 (7). pp. 621-628.

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Breast cancer-related lymphoedema (BCRL) is a debilitating, distressing condition affecting approximately one in five breast cancer survivors (Clark B, Sitzia J, Harlow W. Incidence and risk of arm oedema following treatment for breast cancer: a three-year follow-up study. QJM 2005;98:343–8). The evidence-base for breast cancer-related lymphoedema risk reduction advice is scant and contradictory, with most studies in the area limited by small numbers, retrospective design and other methodological inadequacies. Current advice has the capacity to profoundly alter quality of life following treatment for breast cancer. Health professionals should review the risk reduction advice they provide to reflect the current understanding of aetiology and risk factors. Further research is required to provide more evidence for the content, to identify optimal methods of precautionary education delivery and to determine the effect of the advice on the patient’s quality of life and perception of recovery.

Item ID: 6065
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1532-1967
Keywords: lymphoedema; lymphedema; breast cancer; risk; risk reduction
Date Deposited: 14 Jan 2010 23:13
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111706 Epidemiology @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920401 Behaviour and Health @ 80%
92 HEALTH > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920205 Health Education and Promotion @ 20%
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