The impact of radiation therapy on the risk of lymphedema after treatment for breast cancer: a prospective cohort study.

@article{Warren2014TheIO,
  title={The impact of radiation therapy on the risk of lymphedema after treatment for breast cancer: a prospective cohort study.},
  author={Laura E. G. Warren and Christopher L. Miller and Nora K. Horick and Melissa Skolny and Lauren S. Jammallo and Betro T. Sadek and Mina Shenouda and John M. O'Toole and Shannon M Macdonald and Michelle Connolly Specht and Alphonse G Taghian},
  journal={International journal of radiation oncology, biology, physics},
  year={2014},
  volume={88 3},
  pages={
          565-71
        }
}
PURPOSE/OBJECTIVE Lymphedema after breast cancer treatment can be an irreversible condition with a negative impact on quality of life. The goal of this study was to identify radiation therapy-related risk factors for lymphedema. METHODS AND MATERIALS From 2005 to 2012, we prospectively performed arm volume measurements on 1476 breast cancer patients at our institution using a Perometer. Treating each breast individually, 1099 of 1501 patients (73%) received radiation therapy. Arm measurements… CONTINUE READING
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