Acupuncture reduces the occurrence of breast cancer-related lymphedema: Study

(Natural News) Painful swellings called lymphedema can appear on a patient’s arms after undergoing surgery and radiation therapy for breast cancer. A Chinese study suggested that acupuncture could decrease the chances of this complication, thereby improving the quality of life for cancer patients. Despite the advent of less invasive treatments, lymphedema remains a common problem...
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Authors: Mayrovitz HN, Weingrad DN Abstract Truncal lymphedema is one possible complication of breast cancer treatment. It affects many women and is diagnosed based on symptoms and clinical assessment. Because changes occur late in the process, it is useful to have a quantitative assessment that is applied earlier to detect more subtle changes and quantitively assess treatment progress. Our goal was to describe a possible method to accomplish this via measurements of tissue dielectric constant (TDC). TDC was measured at lateral thorax, anterior forearm, and biceps in 120 women awaiting surgery for breast cancer. In...
Source: Lymphology - Category: Internal Medicine Tags: Lymphology Source Type: research
New England Journal of Medicine,Volume 379, Issue 20, Page 1937-1944, November 2018.
Source: New England Journal of Medicine - Category: Internal Medicine Authors: Source Type: research
CONCLUSIONS: Our study demonstrates that the vast majority of ARM nodes (72%) are outside the tangential whole breast radiotherapy fields. In our study, all the ARM nodes were within the axillary radiotherapy fields covering level 1-4 axillary volumes according to the ESTRO contouring guideline, and complete shielding of the humeral head according to the EORTC consensus did not lead to sparing of the ARM nodes. A prospective study is needed to examine the oncological safety of ARM node-sparing axillary radiotherapy and its potential to reduce the risk of arm lymphoedema. PMID: 30446320 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: Radiotherapy and Oncology : journal of the European Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology - Category: Radiology Authors: Tags: Radiother Oncol Source Type: research
Lymphoedema of the ipsilateral arm following axillary surgery or radiotherapy remains a risk affecting some women after breast cancer treatment. Axillary reverse mapping (ARM) is a technique used to identify the lymph nodes and lymphatic channels draining the upper limb (ARM node) with the aim of preserving these during axillary surgery in breast cancer patients to prevent lymphoedema. A previous study from our institution [1] investigated the prevalence and predictors of ARM node involvement with breast cancer metastases in patients undergoing an axillary lymph node dissection (ALND).
Source: Radiotherapy and Oncology - Category: Radiology Authors: Tags: Original article Source Type: research
AbstractPurposeWe evaluated the prognostic value of lymphoscintigraphy after complex decongestive therapy (CDT) in breast cancer-related secondary lymphedema.MethodsPrior to CDT, 80 patients with breast cancer-related lymphedema underwent a99mTc tin-colloid lymphoscintigram. We investigated the uptake patterns of axillary lymph nodes (LNs), main lymphatic vessels, collateral lymphatic vessels, and dermal back flow in the lymphoscintigraphy of the upper extremities. We also compared the above findings with other clinical variables between patients who respond well to CDT (responders) and those who do not (poor responders). ...
Source: Breast Cancer Research and Treatment - Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research
Conclusions Supermicrosurgical lymphaticovenular anastomosis may be efficient for the treatment of postoperative breast lymphedema, even in male patients.
Source: Annals of Plastic Surgery - Category: Cosmetic Surgery Tags: Microsurgery Source Type: research
Conclusions: Microsurgical breast reconstruction did not improve the outcome of BCRL. Improvements in BCRL were better for lymphatic microsurgery than complete decongestive therapy. Moreover, vascularized lymph node flap transfer provided greater improvements in the BCRL than lymphovenous anastomosis.
Source: Annals of Surgery - Category: Surgery Tags: ORIGINAL ARTICLES Source Type: research
ConclusionsCompared to the JHCR cohort, SV participants had higher risk cancers and a high frequency of comorbidities potentially associated with breast cancer and therapy. These high-risk patients may benefit most from specific interventions targeting survivorship care, and their experiences may help improve care delivery models.
Source: Breast Cancer Research and Treatment - Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research
Vascularized lymph node transfer is an established treatment for secondary lymphedema. Different donor sites of lymph node flap have been described. In our institute, vascularized groin lymph node (VGLN) flap is the workhorse flap for treating breast cancer-related lymphedema (BCRL). Potential complications of VGLN flap harvesting include seroma formation, thigh dysaesthesia and iatrogenic lymphedema.
Source: Journal of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery - Category: Cosmetic Surgery Authors: Source Type: research
Secondary lymphedema is a chronic debilitating lifelong complication and early diagnosis is crucial. The Inbody 720, which is widely used, has no universal index of diagnostic criteria for test results. We aim to determine the normal range, cutoff values, and mean + standard deviation values of extracellular fluid (ECF) and the single frequency bioimpedance (SFBIA) ratios for the diagnosis of lymphedema and suggest the usefulness of these values for detecting lymphedema. Seventy patients with unilateral breast cancer-related lymphedema and 643 healthy subjects were enrolled. All patients with breast cancer underwent surge...
Source: Medicine - Category: Internal Medicine Tags: Research Article: Observational Study Source Type: research
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