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Armer JM, Hulett JM, Bernas M, Ostby P, Stewart BR, Cormier JN, et al.
Current breast cancer reports. Date of publication 2013 Jun 1;volume 5(2):134-144.
1. Curr Breast Cancer Rep. 2013 Jun;5(2):134-144. Best Practice Guidelines in Assessment, Risk Reduction, Management, and Surveillance for Post-Breast Cancer Lymphedema. Armer JM(1), Hulett JM(2), Bernas M(3), Ostby P(4), Stewart BR(5), Cormier JN(6). Author information: (1)Sinclair School of Nursing Director, Nursing Research, Ellis Fischel Cancer Center Director, American Lymphedema Framework Project DC 116.05 Suite 415 EFCC University of Missouri-Columbia Columbia, MO 62011. (2)Sinclair School of Nursing University of Missouri-Columbia Jmh5f3@mail.missouri.edu. (3)Department of Surgery University of Arizona michaelb@u.arizona.edu. (4)Sinclair School of Nursing University of Missouri-Columbia Plo7c9@mail.missouri.edu. (5)College of Education and Sinclair School of Nursing University of Missouri-Columbia stewartb@missouri.edu. (6)Departments of Surgical Oncology and Biostatistics The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center Houston, TX jcormier@mdanderson.org. Breast cancer-related lymphedema (LE) is a progressive, chronic disease that affects millions of cancer survivors and primarily results from surgical lymphatic vessel/node removal and radiation therapy. Patient education and support for importance of early detection is essential in helping health care providers detect lymphedema early, when there is the best chance to prevent progression. Improved imaging and surgical techniques have decreased the incidence of LE; however, effective risk-reduction and treatment have historically lacked the level of evidence necessary to standardize effective treatment. The purpose of this article is to report an extensive review of literature, including highlighted multidisciplinary studies within the past three years, in order to update best practice guidelines in assessment, risk reduction, management, and surveillance for post-breast cancer lymphedema. DOI: 10.1007/s12609-013-0105-0 PMCID: PMC4523280 PMID: 26246870
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Lymphedema - Introduction and Assessment
Lymphedema - Treatment and Emerging Strategies for Prevention
Lymphedema - Surgical Management
Patient education - Lymphedema