Review of research evidence on secondary lymphoedema: 2003–June 2006
This review, which builds on the work undertaken by the Medical Services Advisory Committee (2006), provides a summary of the best available research evidence from 2003–June 2006 on cancer-related lymphoedema. The findings of this review are presented in relation to risk factors, incidence and prevalence, methods of primary and secondary prevention, diagnostic methods and approaches to measurement, alternative/complimentary therapies and quality of life issues.
The findings of this review will be used by the National Breast Cancer Centre (NBCC) to inform the content of an evidence-based lymphoedema education program for GPs and practice nurses, and will also inform the content of consumer information on this topic.
Professor Kate White, Dr Sharon Kilbreath (University of Sydney School of Physiotherapy) & Dr Libba O'Riordan (Children’s Hospital Westmead)
Commissioned by the National Breast Cancer Centre (NBCC) in collaboration with the General Practice Divisions, Victoria (GPDV)