Chirag Shah, MD, April Zambelli-Weiner, Nicole Delgado, Ashley Sier, Robert Bauserman, Jerrod Nelm

The impact of monitoring techniques on progression to chronic breast cancer‑related lymphedema: a meta‑analysis comparing bioimpedance spectroscopy versus circumferential measurements

Evidence suggests that monitoring with BIS allowing for early intervention significantly reduces the relative risk of chronic BCRL with a 69% and 81% reduction compared to background and circumference, respectively. Circumference monitoring did not appear to provide a benefit with respect to chronic BCRL incidence. Based on these results, BIS should be considered for BCRL screening in order to detect subclinical BCRL and reduce rates of chronic BCRL, particularly in high-risk patients.

Open access: YES