SARAH BLAIR, MD, a breast surgeon at the University of California San Diego, noted that lymphedema remains a significant clinical problem, although the rates of lymphedema are decreasing, as fewer full axillary node dissections are performed.
“This study utilizes bioimpedance spectroscopy, a relatively new but promising technology, to detect early changes in fluid retention and demonstrates a benefit with a simple intervention that patients can do at home,” shared Dr. Blair. “These results are encouraging and should pave the way for larger studies with longer follow-up to examine this early detection and intervention paradigm.” ■
DISCLOSURE: Dr. Blair reported no conflicts of interest.
A NEW STUDY has found that early detection along with a simple intervention can be highly effective in preventing breast cancer–related lymphedema for at-risk women. According to data presented at the 2018 Annual Meeting of the American Society of Breast Surgeons,1 82% of women identified at an...