Effect of Self-treatment During Rehabilitation Maintenance Phase on Affected Limb Lymphedema in Patients After Breast Cancer Surgery
International Journal of Biomedical Science and Engineering
Volume 8, Issue 2, June 2020, Pages: 6-10
Received: May 16, 2020;
Accepted: Jun. 4, 2020;
Published: Jun. 20, 2020
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Litao Zhang,, Department of Breast Surgery, The First Affiliated Hospital of Jinan University, Guangzhou, China
Yanni Li, Department of Breast Surgery, The First Affiliated Hospital of Jinan University, Guangzhou, China
Yuhua Ma, Department of Breast Surgery, The First Affiliated Hospital of Jinan University, Guangzhou, China
Rongzhao Lv, Department of Breast Surgery, The First Affiliated Hospital of Jinan University, Guangzhou, China
Objective: This article aims to discuss the effect of self-treatment during rehabilitation maintenance phase on affected limb lymphedema after surgery for breast cancer. Methods: Therapists for lymphedema gave one course of complex decongestion therapy (CDT) to affected limb lymphedema of 42 patients after operation for breast cancer. After CDT, patients took self-treatment during rehabilitation maintenance phase. At the 1st, 3rd, 6th, and 12th month after self-treatment, follow-up was conducted for the patients to measure the circumference of the limb, and condition of some lymphedema-related symptoms (such as limitation of shoulder movement, sense of tension, heaviness, needling and numbness). Results: After self-treatment, the circumference of the limb reduced and the lymphedema-induced symptoms improved significantly at the 1st, 3rd, 6th, and 12th month (P<0.05). Besides, 12 months after self-treatment, the lymphedema was maintained at stable phase and lymphedema-related symptoms were improved. The incidence of limitation of shoulder movement, sense of numbness, needling, tension, and heaviness reduced significantly compared with that before self-treatment (P<0.05). Conclusions: Adherence to self-treatment for lymphedema-related symptoms during rehabilitation maintenance phase can reduce the recurrence rate of lymphedema and thus is an effective method for consolidation treatment.
Effect of Self-treatment During Rehabilitation Maintenance Phase on Affected Limb Lymphedema in Patients After Breast Cancer Surgery, International Journal of Biomedical Science and Engineering.
Vol. 8, No. 2,
2020, pp. 6-10.
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