Psychosocial aspects of upper extremity lymphedema in women treated for breast carcinoma.

@article{Passik1998PsychosocialAO,
  title={Psychosocial aspects of upper extremity lymphedema in women treated for breast carcinoma.},
  author={Steven D. Passik and Margaret V. McDonald},
  journal={Cancer},
  year={1998},
  volume={83 12 Suppl American},
  pages={2817-20}
}
BACKGROUND Lymphedema of the upper extremity following breast carcinoma is highly distressing and disabling. METHODS A review is presented of the literature on psychosocial aspects of lymphedema. RESULTS Studies have shown that women who develop lymphedema exhibit higher levels of psychological, social, sexual, and functional morbidity than women with breast carcinoma who do not develop this complication. Women who have poor social support, pain, lymphedema in the dominant hand, and/or a… CONTINUE READING

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