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|Title: ||Treatment for Breast Cancer Related Lymphoedema from the Patient's Perspective|
|Authors: ||Sierla, Robyn Elizabeth|
|Keywords: ||lymphoedema, breast cancer, treatment, treatment access, consumer perspective|
|Issue Date: ||30-Jul-2013|
|Publisher: ||Faculty of Health Sciences/University of Sydney|
|Abstract: ||Treatment for breast cancer related lymphoedema from the patient’s perspective
In the absence of high quality evidence for the treatment of lymphoedema this research sought to examine the patient’s experience. The primary areas of investigation were: (i) what modalities were being used; (ii) the response or benefit derived from different modalities, and; (iii) barriers experienced in accessing treatment. A web-based questionnaire was developed and validated prior to it being sent out. The Breast Cancer Network of Australia forwarded the survey to 760 women who had been previously treated for breast cancer, of whom 444 (57%) responded. The most commonly used treatments were self-massage (89%), compression garments (81%), attending a therapist for lymphatic drainage massage (68%) and targeted exercise (65%). Complex lymphoedema treatment and attending a therapist for massage rated similarly and highest for reducing size and improving comfort (median rating of three, very helpful). Of those who received treatment, 88% used a minimum of three different treatment modalities and 17% used more than five. Some benefit was reported for most treatments but the breadth of treatment modalities used demonstrates that women are searching for a solution. The results also show that some women in Australia are experiencing difficulty accessing treatment with a third unable to access a lymphoedema therapist.|
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|Type of Work: ||Masters Thesis|
|Type of Publication: ||Master of Applied Science M.App.Sc.|
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