Is lymphedema common with breast cancer ?
On average, 20-30% of patients are affected by breast cancer-related lymphedema following removal of the axillary lymph nodes. In many breast cancer operations, lymph nodes are removed together with the breast tumor to prevent metastases. Removal of the lymph nodes during the operation interrupts the lymph vessels and lymphatic congestion can develop.
The lymph fluid can no longer be transported away from the region, and tissues of the arm or chest will swell because of the accumulation of fluid and lymphedema develops.
Approximately 50% of patients may develop lymphedema after standard axillary lymph node dissection.
How to prevent lymphedema with early detection and compression?
A recent study published in May of 2019 in the Annals of Surgical Oncology demonstrates clear clinical evidence that the early use of the Bioimpedance screening surveillance and utilization of compression garments is an effective tool in lymphedema prevention. Use of mediven® harmony arm sleeves and gauntlets assisted in preventing the progression of subclinical lymphedema in the largest randomized controlled trial focused on lymphedema prevention.
A Randomized Trial Evaluating Bioimpedance Spectroscopy Versus Tape Measurement for the Prevention of Lymphedema Following Treatment for Breast Cancer: Interim Analysis
Journal: Annals of Surgical Oncology
Publication Date: May 2019
Authors: Ridner et al.
Breast cancer-related lymphedema (BCRL) represents a major source of morbidity among breast cancer survivors. Increasing data support early detection of subclinical BCRL followed by early intervention. A randomized controlled trial is being conducted comparing lymphedema progression rates using volume measurements calculated from the circumference using a tape measure (TM) or bioimpedance spectroscopy (BIS).
What are the best compression sleeves to help prevent breast cancer-related lymphedema?
Depending on your condition and lifestyle, your physician or therapist can recommend a compression garment that is best for you.
The mediven harmony® arm sleeve and hand-pieces have been clinically proved to be effective in preventing late stage lymphedema when indications are detected early. mediven harmony products have been called the perfect balance between effective containment (strong) and wearing comfort (soft) for upper limb compression. harmony is a unique fabric that is soft to touch, clinically effective, and easy to apply. The precision fit and unique elbow ellipses (one in the crease and one on the point of the elbow) provide accurate compression therapy with freedom of movement, encouraging compliance and ultimately allowing patients to “feel better”.
harmony arm sleeves
This effective, round-knitted arm sleeve for primary and secondary stage 1 lymphedema has a double ellipse for freedom of movement, a comfortable top band with napped silicone coating, high containment with an innovative supple knit, and a soft fabric structure with Lanolin that stimulates the tissue for a massaging effect.
harmony gauntlet/ hand piece
Matched to the mediven arm sleeve, the mediven harmony compression gauntlet/handpiece without fingers with thumb base offers maximum wearing comfort with breathable, latex-free material with seamless technology for maximum mobility and flexibility.
Matched to the mediven arm sleeve, the mediven harmony compression glove offers maximum wearing comfort with breathable, latex-free material and a new version with seamless technology in the finger borders and between the digits (fingers and base of the thumb) for maximum mobility and flexibility.
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