Secondary Analysis of Lymphedema Incidence, Prevention, and Management in Breast Cancer

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/165344
Category:
Abstract
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Secondary Analysis of Lymphedema Incidence, Prevention, and Management in Breast Cancer
Author(s):
Loerzel, V.; Hassey-Dow, K.; Subramanian, G.; Ramaswamysanthanam, S.
Author Details:
V. Loerzel, University of Central Florida, School of Nursing, Orlando, Florida, USA; K. Hassey-Dow; G. Subramanian; S. Ramaswamysanthanam
Abstract:
Lymphedema has a significant adverse impact on quality of life among early stage breast cancer survivors. It is important for oncology nurses to recognize patients at risk for lymphedema and provide interventions that can prevent or manage lymphedema. Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to 1) describe the incidence of lymphedema occurring in women with breast cancer participating in a longitudinal, quality of life intervention research study; 2) discuss the use of self-care interventions to prevent and manage lymphedema among this population. Theoretical/Scientific Framework: The study and intervention is based on a multidimensional quality of life framework. Methods: A secondary analysis was used to examine the occurrence, prevention and management of lymphedema among 150 subjects with completed data. Data Analysis: Descriptive statistics were used. Analysis reflected a lymphedema prevalence rate of 21.5% (n=33) of which 63.6% had mild problems with lymphedema while 24% (n=8) had moderate to severe problems with lymphedema. Overall, 79.3% (n=119) of subjects received lymphedema information and management tips. Of the 119 subjects, only 40.3% (n=48) used the tips while 58.8% (n=70) did not use the tips at all. Tips included basic strategies to avoid trauma to the affected arm in order to prevent lymphedema. Findings and Implications: Subjects did not believe they were not at risk for lymphedema because: 1) they were unaware of the existence of lymphedema 2 ) their oncology team told them they were not at risk or 3) they had a personal belief that they were not at risk for lymphedema. The majority of subjects desired additional information concerning prevention and management of lymphedema. However, many did not use the information once provided to them. These findings are of concern. Given patient’s lack of knowledge about their risk for lymphedema and the lack of adherence to current lymphedema guidelines, future research about patient adherence to lymphedema prevention and management are needed.
Repository Posting Date:
27-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
27-Oct-2011
Conference Date:
2005
Conference Name:
30th Annual Oncology Nursing Society Congress
Conference Host:
Oncology Nursing Society
Conference Location:
Orlando, Florida, USA
Note:
This is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item based on this abstract, you may find it by browsing the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository by author. If author contact information is available in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission. Alternatively, please contact the conference host, journal, or publisher (according to the circumstance) for further details regarding this item. If a citation is listed in this record, the item has been published and is available via open-access avenues or a journal/database subscription. Contact your library for assistance in obtaining the as-published article.

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dc.type.categoryAbstracten_US
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleSecondary Analysis of Lymphedema Incidence, Prevention, and Management in Breast Canceren_GB
dc.contributor.authorLoerzel, V.en_US
dc.contributor.authorHassey-Dow, K.en_US
dc.contributor.authorSubramanian, G.en_US
dc.contributor.authorRamaswamysanthanam, S.en_US
dc.author.detailsV. Loerzel, University of Central Florida, School of Nursing, Orlando, Florida, USA; K. Hassey-Dow; G. Subramanian; S. Ramaswamysanthanamen_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/165344-
dc.description.abstractLymphedema has a significant adverse impact on quality of life among early stage breast cancer survivors. It is important for oncology nurses to recognize patients at risk for lymphedema and provide interventions that can prevent or manage lymphedema. Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to 1) describe the incidence of lymphedema occurring in women with breast cancer participating in a longitudinal, quality of life intervention research study; 2) discuss the use of self-care interventions to prevent and manage lymphedema among this population. Theoretical/Scientific Framework: The study and intervention is based on a multidimensional quality of life framework. Methods: A secondary analysis was used to examine the occurrence, prevention and management of lymphedema among 150 subjects with completed data. Data Analysis: Descriptive statistics were used. Analysis reflected a lymphedema prevalence rate of 21.5% (n=33) of which 63.6% had mild problems with lymphedema while 24% (n=8) had moderate to severe problems with lymphedema. Overall, 79.3% (n=119) of subjects received lymphedema information and management tips. Of the 119 subjects, only 40.3% (n=48) used the tips while 58.8% (n=70) did not use the tips at all. Tips included basic strategies to avoid trauma to the affected arm in order to prevent lymphedema. Findings and Implications: Subjects did not believe they were not at risk for lymphedema because: 1) they were unaware of the existence of lymphedema 2 ) their oncology team told them they were not at risk or 3) they had a personal belief that they were not at risk for lymphedema. The majority of subjects desired additional information concerning prevention and management of lymphedema. However, many did not use the information once provided to them. These findings are of concern. Given patient’s lack of knowledge about their risk for lymphedema and the lack of adherence to current lymphedema guidelines, future research about patient adherence to lymphedema prevention and management are needed.en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-27T12:16:52Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-27en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-27T12:16:52Z-
dc.conference.date2005en_US
dc.conference.name30th Annual Oncology Nursing Society Congressen_US
dc.conference.hostOncology Nursing Societyen_US
dc.conference.locationOrlando, Florida, USAen_US
dc.description.noteThis is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item based on this abstract, you may find it by browsing the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository by author. If author contact information is available in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission. Alternatively, please contact the conference host, journal, or publisher (according to the circumstance) for further details regarding this item. If a citation is listed in this record, the item has been published and is available via open-access avenues or a journal/database subscription. Contact your library for assistance in obtaining the as-published article.-
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