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Effect of home-based exercise program on lymphedema and quality of life in female postmastectomy patients:Pre-post intervention study

Lymphedema after a mastectomy is very common and affects arm functions and quality of life (QOL) for breast cancer patients. These patients are advised not to lift weights, which in turn leads to weakness of the affected limb, putting them at risk for injury while doing, for example, simple household tasks. In our study, 32 patients participated in an individualized home-based exercise program for 8 weeks. Before and after the program, we evaluated them for arm circumference, volume, and QOL. We found significant improvements in affected arm circumference and volume and also improved QOL after the exercise program.

Volume 48 Number 10, 2011
   Pages 1261 — 1268

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