Self-reported signs and symptoms of secondary upper limb lymphoedema related to breast cancer treatment: Systematic review

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GÜRŞEN C., Dylke E. S., Moloney N., Meeus M., De Vrieze T., Devoogdt N., ...More

EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF CANCER CARE, vol.30, no.5, 2021 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Review
  • Volume: 30 Issue: 5
  • Publication Date: 2021
  • Doi Number: 10.1111/ecc.13440
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus, Academic Search Premier, Biotechnology Research Abstracts, CINAHL, EMBASE, MEDLINE, Psycinfo
  • Keywords: breast neoplasms, lymphedema, self&#8208, report, signs and symptoms, upper limb, PERSISTENT PAIN, BRAIN ALTERATIONS, ARM-LYMPHEDEMA, PREVALENCE, SURVIVORS, DIAGNOSIS, SURGERY, QUALITY, WOMEN
  • Hacettepe University Affiliated: Yes


Introduction Breast cancer survivors with secondary upper limb lymphoedema (ULL) may report a wide range of self-reported symptoms. At the moment, no overview of ULL-specific symptoms is available. The first aim, therefore, was to compare the prevalence rates of self-reported signs and symptoms in people with and without secondary ULL due to breast cancer treatment. The second aim was to determine whether symptoms of lymphoedema could be predictive for the development of ULL. The third aim was to describe the association between the presence/severity of symptoms and the presence/severity of ULL.