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

The impact of early detection and intervention of breast cancer-related lymphedema: a systematic review

Breast cancer-related lymphedema (BCRL) has become an increasingly important clinical issue as noted by the recent update of the 2015 NCCN breast cancer guidelines which recommends to “educate, monitor, and refer for lymphedema management.” The purpose of this review was to examine the literature regarding early detection and management of BCRL. Several studies were identified that demonstrate that newer diagnostic modalities (bioimpedance spectroscopy, perometry) have increased sensitivity allowing for the earlier detection of BCRL. Current data support the development of surveillance programs geared toward the early detection and management of BCRL in part due to newer, more sensitive diagnostic modalities.
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