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Överskrift Psychosocial benefits of postmastectomy lymphedema therapy.
Upplaga Jun;18(3)
Sidor 197-205
Överskrift Psychosocial benefits of postmastectomy lymphedema therapy.
Beskrivning The effect of a comprehensive lymphedema management program was assessed in 25 patients in whom moderate to severe lymphedema had developed after surgery and/or radiotherapy for carcinoma of the breast. Intensive treatment (4 weeks) involved massage, compression bandaging, and sequential pneumatic compression, with an adjunct program of education to provide skills in exercise, massage, bandage, and containment garment use. The intensive treatment phase was followed by a self-management phase based on the skills that had been acquired. A significant reduction in limb circumference and volume, with continuing improvement over 12 months of self-management, was observed. There was a decrease in need for physical assistance. Quality of life generally remained high and stable throughout the 12 months. Quality of life specific to lymphedema, however, declined during the intensive phase of treatment, but recovered and surpassed pretreatment levels during the self-management phase of treatment. Perceived comfort and strength in the lymphedematous limb improved, and perceived size decreased. The study confirmed that the combination of multimodal physical therapy and education for self-management reduces lymphedema and its adverse subjective consequences and maintains the improvement thus achieved.
Källa Cancer Nurs
Publicerad 1995
Författare Bunce IH, Chapman M, Deane MN. Gregory MA. Mars M., Eliadis P, Hennessy JM, Jones LC., Mirolo BR, Olsen T, Ward LC


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