Navigation Links
Therapy May Relieve Breast Cancer Surgery Complication
Date:1/13/2010

Early physical therapy prevented or reduced secondary lymphedema in study patients

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 13 (HealthDay News) -- A common complication of breast cancer surgery can be prevented or reduced if patients receive physical therapy, including massage and shoulder exercises, soon after their operation, a new study suggests.

Secondary lymphedema -- caused by damage to the lymphatic system during treatment -- results in fluid retention and arm swelling. It affects 71 percent of patients within 12 months of breast cancer surgery and can cause disfigurement, anxiety, depression and emotional distress.

Maria Torres Lacomba, a professor of physiotherapy at Alcala de Henares University in Madrid, Spain, and colleagues selected 120 women who had breast cancer surgery involving removal of lymph nodes and divided them into two groups -- an intervention group that received early physiotherapy and education, and a control group that received education only. Both programs lasted three weeks and the patients were followed up four weeks after surgery and again three, six and 12 months after surgery.

The therapy included lymph drainage, scar tissue massage and shoulder exercises supervised by a physiotherapist. The education program included materials about the lymphatic system and advice on how to avoid injury and prevent infection.

After one year, 7 percent of women in the intervention group and 25 percent of those in the control group developed secondary lymphedema. The researchers also found that secondary lymphedema was diagnosed four times earlier in the control group than in the intervention group, according to the report published online Jan. 12 in the BMJ.

Further research is needed to determine whether early physical therapy after breast cancer surgery offers longer-term protection against secondary lymphedema, the researchers said.

More information

The American Cancer Society has more about breast cancer patients and lymphedema.



-- Robert Preidt



SOURCE: BMJ, news release, Jan. 12, 2010


'/>"/>
Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. ALS Therapy Development Institute Receives $1.6 Million Grant From the Department of Defense for Lou Gehrigs Disease Research
2. MBM ScienceBridge GmbH Negotiates License Agreement Between the Georg-August-University Gottingen, Universitatsmedizin, the University of Regensburg, and the UKs Medical Research Council Technology for a New Therapy of Inflammatory and Immune Disea
3. New hope for therapy in heartburn-related cancer
4. Breast cancer multigene test helping patients avoid chemotherapy
5. Psychotherapy May Help Teen Girls Avoid Obesity
6. After Cochlear Implant, Music Therapy May Aid Speech
7. High antiretroviral therapy adherence associated with lower health care costs
8. Music therapy can assist toddlers communication rehabilitation process
9. UV LED therapy shows promising results in preventing focal seizures
10. Sexual function does not continuously decline after radiation therapy treatments for prostate cancer
11. Ring in a Healthy New Year with Massage Therapy in 2010
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:6/26/2016)... ... June 26, 2016 , ... ... they have been diagnosed with endometriosis. These women need a treatment plan to ... a comprehensive approach that can help for preservation of fertility and ultimately achieving ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... , ... First Choice Emergency Room , the largest network of independent ... Director of its new Mesquite-Samuell Farm facility. , “We are pleased to announce ... Dr. James M. Muzzarelli, Executive Medical Director of First Choice Emergency Room. , ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... A recent article published June ... with. The article goes on to state that individuals are now more comfortable seeking ... common operations such as calf and cheek reduction. The Los Angeles area medical group, ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... Global law firm Greenberg Traurig, P.A. announced ... attorneys chosen by their peers for this recognition are considered among the top 2 ... received special honors as members of this year’s Legal Elite Hall of Fame: ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... 2016 , ... EB Medicine presented its first-ever “Issue of ... in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL. The awards honor the outstanding work of leading ... and Pediatric Emergency Medicine Practice. , “With this award, we recognize the efforts ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/24/2016)... 24, 2016 Research and ... "Structural Electronics 2015-2025: Applications, Technologies, Forecasts" report ... In-Mold Electronics, Smart Skin, Structural Health Monitoring, ... Structural electronics involves electronic and/or electrical components ... replacing dumb structures such as vehicle bodies or ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... 2016 Research and Markets has announced ... Diagnostic Tests" report to their offering. ... The World Market for Companion Diagnostics covers ... Market analysis in the report includes the following: ... Diagnostic Kits) by Region (N. America, EU, ROW), 2015-2020 ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... 2016  Arkis BioSciences, a leading innovator in ... durable cerebrospinal fluid treatments, today announced it has ... is led by Innova Memphis, followed by Angel ... investors.  Arkis, new financing will accelerate the commercialization ... release of its in-licensed Endexo® technology. ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: