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      The Change Quality of Life Patients with Upper Limb Lymphedema after the Breast Carcinoma Surger

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          Introduction: Frequent co-morbidity of breast cancer therapy resides in lymphedema due to insufficient drainage of lymphatic fluid from the adjacent upper limb. In addition to mobility restrictions, it also adversely affects the quality of life of patients. An effective therapeutic tool is lymphatic drainage techniques suitably supported by vascular gymnastics and limb bandaging. Objective: In our study, we examined the effect of lymph drainage techniques on the extent of lymphedema and the subjective perception of patients‘ quality of life. Methods and methodology: The subjective perception of the quality of life of patients was verified using a questionnaire in a defined period. Respondents were patients after the treatment of breast cancer followed by lymphedema indicating lymph drainage techniques. A total of 126 respondents were surveyed, 59 had mild lymphedema, 41 had moderate lymphedema, and 17 had lymphedema, 9 were not specified in lymphedema. Results: Differences in female quality of life are statistically significant affected by the three stages of lymphedema severity before lymphadenopathy. (P <0.001), hygiene (p <0.001), food preparation (p <0.001); domestic work (p <0.001); shopping (p <0.001). A certain trend, albeit statistically at the limit of marginal significance was also apparent in the case of walking (p <0.09). The rate of improvement was directly proportional to the severity of lymphedema prior to initiation of therapy (p <0.001). Conclusion: In our study, we verified the high effectiveness of lymph drainage techniques in lymphedema therapy as well as increasing the subjective perception of patients‘ quality of life.

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          Can Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Reduce Breast Cancer Treatment-Related Lymphedema? A Pilot Study

          Arm lymphedema after surgery or radiation for breast cancer is common, causing pain and limitation of activities. Previous reports of hyperbaric oxygen (HBO) therapy for breast edema led us to consider the use of HBO therapy for arm lymphedema.

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            Clinical Social Work and Health Intervention
            Journal of Clinical Social Work and Health Intervention
            March 17 2018
            March 17 2018
            March 16 2018
            : 9
            : 1
            : 14-20
            © 2018

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            Psychology, Social & Behavioral Sciences


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