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Published Guidelines Further Support Use of Bioimpedance Measurement Technology for Early Assessment of Lymphedema
Date:6/12/2008

SAN DIEGO, June 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Recent guidelines published by the Clinical Resource Efficiency Support Team (CREST) provide further support for the use of bioimpedance technology for the early assessment of lymphedema.

The published guidelines for Northern Ireland titled "Guidelines for the Diagnosis, Assessment and Management of Lymphoedema" are the result of an expert panel including patients and healthcare professionals that reviewed the evidence for diagnosing, assessing and treating lymphedema.

The guidelines support the need for a shift in treatment focus from a reactive approach to one focused on the early assessment and early intervention of the condition. Bioimpedance technology featuring high sensitivity and specificity support this approach.

This surveillance method of diagnosis and treatment reflects recommendations recently published online in the journal Cancer, the official journal of the American Cancer Society.

To view the published guidelines online, please visit http://www.crestni.org.uk/crest_guidelines_on_the_diagnosis__assessment_and _ma nagement_of_lymphoedema.pdf. (Due to the length of the link, please copy and paste into your browser.)

About Lymphedema

Lymphedema is a condition that can cause significant swelling of the upper and lower extremities due to the build-up of excess lymph fluid. This can occur when the lymphatic system, which is responsible for draining excess fluid from the body and is a key component of the immune system, is damaged or altered. In breast cancer patients, this can occur after surgery, such as removal or biopsy of the lymph nodes, and/or radiation therapy. It is estimated that 6 percent to 40 percent of patients with breast cancer develop lymphedema, and that it often occurs within the first two years after surgery. For some cancer survivors and others at risk
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