An audit of the incidence of arm lymphoedema after prophylactic level I/II axillary dissection without division of the pectoralis minor muscle.

UNLABELLED Lymphoedema is reported to occur in approximately one in four women following curative treatment for breast cancer. Reported rates are almost exclusively for level 1,2,3 axillary clearance with few data for the current practice of level 1,2 dissections. Swelling can affect the whole upper limb but frequently will remain restricted to hand… CONTINUE READING