Weight lifting in women with breast-cancer-related lymphedema.

  title={Weight lifting in women with breast-cancer-related lymphedema.},
  author={Katherine H Schmitz and Rehana L. Ahmed and Andrea B. Troxel and Andrea L. Cheville and Rebecca Smith and Lorita Lewis-Grant and Cathy J. Bryan and Catherine T Williams-Smith and Quincy P Greene},
  journal={The New England journal of medicine},
  volume={361 7},
BACKGROUND Weight lifting has generally been proscribed for women with breast-cancer-related lymphedema, preventing them from obtaining the well-established health benefits of weight lifting, including increases in bone density. METHODS We performed a randomized, controlled trial of twice-weekly progressive weight lifting involving 141 breast-cancer survivors with stable lymphedema of the arm. The primary outcome was the change in arm and hand swelling at 1 year, as measured through displaced… 

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