Retrospective trial of complete decongestive physical therapy for lower extremity secondary lymphedema in melanoma patients
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- Carmeli, E. & Bartoletti, R. Support Care Cancer (2011) 19: 141. doi:10.1007/s00520-009-0803-3
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Melanoma is a malignant tumour of melanocytes, which are found predominantly in skin, and at least 10–45% of patients develop secondary lymphedema (SL).
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.
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.
A significant improvements (p < 0.05) has been in the categories of localisation, staging, disability and symptoms of SL.
CDPT provides relief in signs and symptoms for patients with SL following groyne dissection.