Upper limb function and quality of life in breast cancer related lymphedema: A cross-sectional study

M. Pinto, F. Gimigliano, F. Tatangelo, M. Megna, F. Izzo, R. Gimigliano, G. Iolascon

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Abstract

Background. One of the most frequent impairments in breast cancer survivors is secondary lymphedema of the upper limbs. Several impairments and activity limitations frequently occur in these patients leading to participation restrictions and influencing Quality of Life. Aim. To investigate upper limb disability and perceived Health Related Quality of Life (HRQoL) in a group of women with breast cancer related lymphedema (BCRL) compared with a group without lymphedema. Design. Cross-sectional survey. Setting. Cancer outpatient's department of the National Cancer Institute of Naples Foundation "G. Pascale". Population. 100 women treated with unilateral axillary lymphoadenectomy: 50 with unilateral BCRL (group A), and 50 without lymphedema (group B). Methods. Arm function was assessed by the Disability of the Arm, Shoulder and Hand questionnaire (DASH). The perceived HRQoL was evaluated with SF-12. Results. The mean DASH score was 36.59 (±18.03) in group A, and 23.68 (±21.46) in group B (P

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)665-673
Number of pages9
JournalEuropean Journal of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine
Volume49
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2013

Keywords

  • Breast neoplasms
  • Lymphedema
  • Quality of life.
  • Upper extremity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rehabilitation
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation

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