Navigation Links
Breast cancer survivors don't need to be afraid of air travel: U of A study
Date:8/19/2010

University of Alberta researcher Margie McNeely says results from an international study she was part of indicates certain precautions about the risk of lymphedema for breast cancer survivors are outdated.

McNeely, from the Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine, says women who've had breast cancer surgery are often warned that pressure changes in an airplane cabin could trigger lymphedema, chronic swelling in the arm. But the study she did with an Australian research team showed that only five per cent of these women are likely at risk of developing any arm swelling when flying.

The caution about lymphedema risk is for women who have had lymph nodes removed from the armpit, a common procedure during cancer treatment. McNeely says because these lymph nodes help drain fluid when they are removed there is the potential for chronic swelling.

McNeely teamed up with Australian researcher Sharon Kilbreath to study the effect of air travel on 60 Canadian breast cancer survivors who were flying to Australia for an International Dragon Boat Festival. Seventeen of these women were from Edmonton. The study also involved a group of 12 women who were travelling to the festival from different areas of Australia.

The researchers compared both of the participants' arms, the arm where lymph nodes were removed from the armpit and the opposite unaffected arm, with a device that can detect subtle changes in fluid difference between the arms. The measurements were done in Canada before they left and again in Australia when they arrived.

Findings indicate that 95 per cent of the women had no arm swelling. Four women had a slight increase but at a follow-up test, done six weeks after the women returned to Canada, three were back to normal and only one woman was found at possible risk for chronic swelling.

McNeely says that, until now, information about air travel and lymphedema risk has not been based on solid evidence, but says this research shows that while there is a risk of developing lymphedema during flight, that risk is very low.


'/>"/>

Contact: Carmen Leibel
carmen.leibel@ualberta.ca
780-492-0436
University of Alberta
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. Paxil Blocks Tamoxifen, Lowers Survival Odds Against Breast Cancer
2. Low forms of cyclin E reduce breast cancer drugs effectiveness
3. Racial disparities persist in the diagnosis of advanced breast cancer and colon cancer in the U.S.
4. For Some Breast Cancer Patients, Shorter Radiation Works Well
5. Short-term radiation therapy successful on breast cancer
6. Few Women at High Risk for Breast Cancer Take Tamoxifen
7. Hormone May Prevent Aggressive Breast Cancer
8. MSU researcher linking breast cancer patients with alternative therapies
9. MRI May Not Add Value to Routine Breast Cancer Care
10. Breast Cancer Stats Differ Racially Despite Similar Mammogram Rates
11. Businesses Rally Big Efforts to Benefit the Susan G. Komen Phoenix Affiliates Fight Against Breast Cancer
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:1/23/2017)... ... ... “The Inn at the Mill”: a story of love and redemption, hope and uncertainty ... and content. , “The Inn at the Mill” is the creation of published author, ... and is now living in Berks County on Crow Hill. The inn, the ...
(Date:1/23/2017)... ... January 23, 2017 , ... ... programs and resources at seafoodnutrition.org/programs and seafoodnutrition.org/resources to assist in teaching communities ... These resources have been developed for use by nutrition educators and influencers ...
(Date:1/23/2017)... ... January 23, 2017 , ... “Some Infallible Characteristics of Christ”: a ... Characteristics of Christ” is the creation of published author, Rev. Dr. Robert W. Thomas, ... thirteen years, a preacher for over nineteen, a pastor for over fifteen years. He ...
(Date:1/22/2017)... ... January 22, 2017 , ... Phytocéane invites clients to take an ... of the world with ZANZIBAR MILKY CREAM. Inspired by the beauty of Zanzibar, a ... Coconut Oil and moisturizing vegetal coral to create this gentle, velvety body cream to ...
(Date:1/22/2017)... ... 22, 2017 , ... "Photo Cloud allows FCPX users to add favorited photos ... complete ease," said Christina Austin - CEO of Pixel Film Studios. , To ... timeline. Presets include scenes with one, three, four or five focus points. There ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:1/20/2017)... 2017 Stock-Callers.com today evaluates the following ... ), Novo Nordisk A/S (NYSE: NVO ), Sucampo ... Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: PTX ). These stocks belong ... th , 2017, finishing near its session lows. As per ... 0.7%, while shares of health care companies in the S&P ...
(Date:1/20/2017)... January 20, 2017 Avillion LLP, a co-developer ... Mark Weinberg , MD MBA as Chief Medical Officer. Dr ... USA . ... Dr Weinberg has spent more than 17 years as a ... companies to micro-cap biotech. Over the course of his career, he ...
(Date:1/19/2017)... Jan. 19, 2017 The U.S. Food and Drug ... Idiopathic Constipation (CIC) in adult patients. "No ... disorders," said Julie Beitz , M.D., director of the ... Drug Evaluation and Research. "With the availability of new therapies, ... for their condition." ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: