Breast Cancer

, Volume 18, Issue 3, pp 174–180

Lymphedema and breast cancer: a review of the literature

  • Stamatakos Michael
  • Stefanaki Charikleia
  • Kontzoglou Konstantinos
Review Article

Abstract

Breast cancer continues to be the most common malignancy among women in the United States. Despite its high incidence, early detection and modern treatment have made long-term survival more common. One of the most important sequelae of the treatment of breast cancer is the development of lymphedema. There are many issues for women to deal with after treatment for breast cancer. Focusing on the quality of life after breast cancer means dealing with issues such as an altered body image, changes in relationships with partner and children, living with any ongoing side effects, and the fear of tumor recurrence. The objective of this paper is to elucidate these issues concerning lymphedema.

Keywords

Secondary lymphedema Breast cancer Complications Radiation therapy Manual lymphatic drainage 

Copyright information

© The Japanese Breast Cancer Society 2011

Authors and Affiliations

  • Stamatakos Michael
    • 1
  • Stefanaki Charikleia
    • 1
  • Kontzoglou Konstantinos
    • 2
  1. 1.4th Department of Surgery, Medical School, Attikon General HospitalUniversity of AthensAthensGreece
  2. 2.2nd Department of Propaedeutic Surgery, Medical School, Laiko General HospitalUniversity of AthensAthensGreece

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