Supportive Care in Cancer

, Volume 19, Issue 1, pp 141–147

Retrospective trial of complete decongestive physical therapy for lower extremity secondary lymphedema in melanoma patients

Original Article

DOI: 10.1007/s00520-009-0803-3

Cite this article as:
Carmeli, E. & Bartoletti, R. Support Care Cancer (2011) 19: 141. doi:10.1007/s00520-009-0803-3

Abstract

Background

Melanoma is a malignant tumour of melanocytes, which are found predominantly in skin, and at least 10–45% of patients develop secondary lymphedema (SL).

Purpose

This study seeks to investigate if individual’s lymphatic system can benefit from complete decongestive physical therapy (CDPT) 1 year after discharge from CDPT and consequently endorsing a better quality of life.

Methods

Male and female(n = 12) melanoma survivors 1–4 years post diagnosis with unilateral SL. Questionnaire and limb measurements were used to asses retrospective outcomes.

Results

A significant improvements (p < 0.05) has been in the categories of localisation, staging, disability and symptoms of SL.

Conclusions

CDPT provides relief in signs and symptoms for patients with SL following groyne dissection.

Keywords

LymphedemaMelanomaPhysical therapy

Copyright information

© Springer-Verlag 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Tel Aviv UniversityTel AvivIsrael