Lymphedema fear is greater than risk

March 2013
Oncology Nurse Advisor;Mar/Apr2013, Vol. 4 Issue 2, p8
The article discusses a study conducted by Sarah McLaughlin, assistant surgery professor at the Mayo Clinic in Florida, and her colleagues about lymphedema rate (LR), patient worry and risk-reduction behaviors in women undergoing breast cancer surgery. The researchers evaluated 67 patients who underwent sentinel lymph node (SLNB) biopsy and 53 women treated with axillary LN dissection (ALND). They found that LR is higher among ALND patients than SLNB patients.


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