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Manual lymphatic drainage (MLD) for lymphoedema following breast cancer

This systematic review undertaken by the Cochrane collaboration, was to assess the efficacy and safety of MLD in treating breast cancer related lymphoedema (BCRL). The review searched a number of databases which resulted in six studies being reviewed. The studies looked at MLD and compression treatments. The results of the review suggest MLD is safe and may offer greater benefit in addition to compression treatments, particularly when treating mild to moderate BCRL. Trials with an armsleeve had volumetric inconsistencies therefore further research is required. Despite these inconsistences 60-80% of participants felt better (reduction in pain and heaviness) regardless of which treatment was received. Additional outcomes are also included within this study and it is worth reading the full systematic review.

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References: Manheimer, E et al. (2015) Manual lymphatic drainage for lymphoedema following breast cancer (Review). London: Cochrane database.

Associations between the treatment and outcomes of patients with upper and lower limb lymphoedema in Japan: a cross-sectional observational study

This cross-sectional study took place in Japan with the objective of examining the association between lymphoedema treatments and outcomes. Lymphoedema outpatient clinics were the setting with a total of 170 patients participating in the study.  Data collection involved medical records, physical assessments and interviews. Results from the study suggest that secondary lymphoedema was present in 92.9%, with 53.8% of this figure represented by lower limb conditions.  Patients using compression garments were 2.85 times more likely to be satisfied with their treatment compared to those not using compression garments (p<0.01).   Patients receiving simple lymphatic drainage (SLD) exhibited a greater level of satisfaction compared to those not in receipt of SLD (p<0.01). It was also noted that patients quality of life (QOL) was higher in those receiving complete decongestive therapy (CDT) compared to those not in receipt of CDT.

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References: Luchi, T. et al (2015)Associations between the treatment and outcomes of patients with upper and lower lymphoedema in Japan: A cross-sectional observational study. London: International Journal of Nursing Studies, 52, pp.913-919.

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