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Quality Of Life After Breast Cancer Treatment




Opting for less damaging therapys, staying active and learning about the warning signs of lymphedema: that's how women with breast cancer can avoid developing chronic lymphedema, as per the German Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care (IQWiG). Women can learn more about how to protect themselves from this common and distressing adverse effect of therapy as well as handle the condition at the Institute's website, www.informedhealthonline.org.

Protecting women's lymph systems



Quality Of Life After Breast Cancer Treatment

Breast cancer therapy is becoming more effective, with a survival rate of more than 80% for this disease in Gera number of. As the survival rate goes up, quality of life for survivors assumes even more importance, as per the German Institute. Lymphedema is an adverse effect of breast cancer therapy caused by damage to the lymph system. When the lymph system cannot properly remove fluids from around the breast and arm, the fluid gathers and the arm swells. This causes pain and restricts movement. It could become a chronic problem that is hard to treat.

The more aggressive breast cancer therapy is, the higher the risk of lymphedema. Scientists estimate around 400,000 women in Gera number of alone have lymphoedema caused by breast cancer therapy.

"Even with a number of women having less aggressive breast cancer therapys, around 10 to 20% will develop lymphedema," as per Professor Peter Sawicki, the Institute's Director. "We doctors still underestimate the impact on patients' quality of life of therapy adverse effects like lymphedema. The first step to prevention is using therapies that limit the damage to the woman's lymph system".

Better quality of life after breast cancer
The second step to better quality of life is to stay active. For years, there were a number of warnings to women to limit the use of the arm and be careful about being too active after breast cancer therapy. But Professor Sawicki said, "While women who are in the process of developing lymphedema have to protect their arms more, the blanket warnings from the past to all women with breast cancer were never based on strong scientific evidence. In fact, trials of exercise in women with breast cancer have shown that it can improve quality of life without increasing the risk of lymphedema".

However women need to learn about the warning signs of lymphedema and act early. "A feeling of heaviness, heat and swelling in the arm - women need to take action early when this happens in the years after breast cancer therapy," Professor Sawicki said. "Lymphedema is easier to treat effectively in the early stages".

The therapy shown to be effective in trials is compression treatment with bandages or compression sleeves. A special massage technique called lymphatic drainage as well as physiotherapy might be able to help, but this has not been so well-studied. Women can learn more about the condition and what could help at www.informedhealthonline.org.


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Opting for less damaging therapys, staying active and learning about the warning signs of lymphedema: that's how women with breast cancer can avoid developing chronic lymphedema, as per the German Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care (IQWiG). Women can learn more about how to protect themselves from this common and distressing adverse effect of therapy as well as handle the condition at the Institute's website, www.informedhealthonline.org.

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