Background & Aims: Lymphedema is a common and troublesome condition that follows breast cancer treatment. The aim of this study was to compare two treatment methods after breast operation: standard treatment and complete decongestive therapy in the treatment of post mastectomy lymphedema
Materials & Methods: In this experimental trail study, 10 women with post-mastectomy lymphoedema were treated in two groups: the control group included 5 patients with standard treatment (intermittent pneumatic compression, elevation, bandage and exercise) and the experimental group included five patients with complete decongestive therapy (manual lymphatic drainage, multilayer bandage and exercise). Measuring parameters were edema volume, limb circumference, range of motion and pain. The patients’ conditions were assessed at the first, fifth, tenth, and fifteenth session and one month after the last session for follow up.
The primary outcome parameter was volume reduction of the affected arm after treatment.
Results: The comparison of two groups showed that limb circumference on elbow and shoulder levels and edema volume more decreased in the experimental group versus control group (P<0.05).
Conclusion: The results of this study will provide information on the effectiveness of manual lymphatic drainage and its impact on the quality of their life and physical limitations of the patients.
SOURCE: URMIA MED J 2012: 23(1): 97 ISSN: 1027-3727