NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology (NCCN Guidelines®) for Survivorship

CancerNetwork: The QOL Impact of Lymphedema After Breast Cancer

Steven Chen, MD, MBA, discussed the physiological and physical impacts commonly associated with lymphedema after a breast cancer diagnosis. Chen, breast surgeon and chief medical officer at Impedimed, discussed how lymphedema can lead to the constant reminder that patients have breast cancer because it’s so visible. Specifically, those who are undergoing mastectomy or reconstruction and dealing with those physical changes. He also touched upon ways to identify lymphedema and tools to help with that. Even if clinicians or patients don’t have access to these higher-end tools, a measuring tape can be used to keep track of the lymphedema.

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