Soran, A., Ozmen, T. et al.

The importance of detection of subclinical lymphedema for the prevention of breast cancer-related clinical lymphedema after axillary lymph node dissection; a prospective observational study.

To our knowledge, this is the first prospective study of patients who underwent ALND for breast cancer in which BIS technology was used to detect LE and evaluate the benefits of early diagnosis and treatment interventions objectively. We demonstrated that periodic monitoring of women at high risk for LE, with BIS technology, allowed detection of subclinical LE and timely intervention for treatment, resulting in a reduction of clinical LE from 36.4% to 4.4%. Future studies will determine whether this translates into reduced total health care costs and improved quality of life for patients with breast cancer.
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