Modifiable Risk Factors for Lymphedema in Breast Caner Survivors
Annual rept. 1 Oct 2004-30 Sep 2005
FRED HUTCHINSON CANCER RESEARCH CENTER SEATTLE WA
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Lymphedema of the arm is a consequence of breast cancer treatment that can result in substantial functional impairment and distress. In this study, women diagnosed with a first primary invasive breast cancer and treated with axillary lymph node dissection will be identified through a population-based cancer registry. The incidence and timing of arm edema will be assessed using physical measures arm volume and self-reported arm symptoms. To date, 423 women have been enrolled in the study 218 women have participated in their first follow-up interview and 87 women in a second follow-up visit. A preliminary analysis, based on enrollment data, was presented at the DOD Era of Hope meeting in June, 2005. We found that increasing body mass was positively associated with the occurrence of arm swelling identified by self-report or by measured arm volume. Future analyses will assess changes in arm volume over time and relationships of arm swelling with treatment and lifestyle factors.
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