Study may lead to early detection, better outcomes for lymphedema patients — ScienceDaily

By | October 4, 2014

The study is testing bioimpedance spectroscopy, a device where electrodes are placed on the patient’s arms so that the fluid buildup can be accurately measured. The randomized study is enrolling 1,100 research subjects over two years at five sites in the United States and Australia.

“Many in the health care community, and even breast cancer patients, don’t understand that this lifelong arm swelling is a possible result of breast cancer treatment, but others of us have been working on this issue for decades,” said principal investigator Sheila H. Ridner, PhD, RN, FAAN, a VUSN professor. “It’s exciting to see research support to help these individuals.”

Typically, lymphedema measurements are done with a tape measure, much like a household tape measure. The condition is often managed using compression garments and exercise. This study will take a closer look to see if early detection with bioimpedance spectroscopy prevents progression to chronic lymphedema.

“The ultimate goal is to help those with lymphedema have better health outcomes and increased quality of life living with this condition,” Ridner said.

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