Night-time Compression for Breast Cancer Related Lymphedema (LYNC): A Randomized Controlled Efficacy Trial
Lymphedema (significant arm swelling on the surgical side) is one of the most common
complications following treatment for breast cancer. The impact of lymphedema is profound,
resulting in negative self image, increased anxiety and poorer quality of life. In time,
lymphedema can result in recurrent infections in the arm, functional impairment and pain.
Approximately 21% of women who undergo breast cancer treatment develop lymphedema.
Unfortunately this is a life-time condition which tends to worsen over time. Currently,
treatment consists of intensive physiotherapy, meant to reduce the arm volume followed by
the wearing of compression sleeves during the day for maintenance. This study hopes to show
that the addition of night-time compression creates a measurable reduction in arm volume and
that adding night-time compression to the standard care (daytime compression only) will
produce improvements in quality of life for breast cancer survivors.
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