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Lymphedema interventions: exercise, surgery, and compression devices.
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PMID:  23375064     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
OBJECTIVES: To review exercise, surgical treatment, and intermittent pneumatic compression in the risk reduction and treatment of lymphedema, and to provide applications of the evidence to the care of the oncology patient with or at risk for lymphedema.
DATA SOURCES: Systematic reviews of the contemporary literature (2004-2010) examining exercise, surgical treatment, and intermittent pneumatic compression use in lymphedema therapy, peer-reviewed publications, and web sites of professional organizations.
CONCLUSION: Exercise and intermittent pneumatic compression are effective therapies and can be safely implemented in appropriate patients as an adjunct to complete decongestive therapy. Surgical treatments have proven beneficial in carefully selected patients, but require continued use of life-long compression therapy. Intermittent pneumatic compression devices are a safe adjunctive treatment option for in-home use in appropriate patients at low to moderate pressure ranges, following and in conjunction with complete decongestive therapy.
IMPLICATIONS FOR NURSING PRACTICE: Informed oncology nurses can assist patients in an individualized, integrated multimodality approach to lymphedema therapy.
Christine J Chang; Janice N Cormier
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Seminars in oncology nursing     Volume:  29     ISSN:  1878-3449     ISO Abbreviation:  Semin Oncol Nurs     Publication Date:  2013 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-02-04     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8504688     Medline TA:  Semin Oncol Nurs     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  28-40     Citation Subset:  IM; N    
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Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
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