Conservative interventions for preventing clinically detectable upper-limb lymphoedema in patients who are at risk of developing lymphoedema after breast cancer therapy.

Stuiver, M. M., ten Tusscher, M. R., Agasi-Idenburg, C. S., Lucas, C., Aaronson, N. K., & Bossuyt, P. M. (2015). Conservative interventions for preventing clinically detectable upper-limb lymphoedema in patients who are at risk of developing lymphoedema after breast cancer therapy. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, (2), N.PAG–N.PAG.

This systematic review evaluates the effect of conservative interventions for preventing lymphedema after breast cancer therapy. 10 studies are included in the review, which evaluate manual lymph drainage, postoperative shoulder exercises, progressive resistance exercise, and physiotherapy. Findings indicate that there is inconclusive evidence to recommend any given treatment based on low evidence.

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