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Lymphoedema: A Study of Otago Women Treated for Breast Cancer
Ramona Clark RCpN, BA DipSocSci (Nursing), Nursing Lecturer, Otago Polytechnic, & Lymphoedema Nurse Therapist, Dunedin
Teresa Wasilewska SRN, Cert. Breast Care Nursing, Breast Care Nurse Advisor, Healthcare Otago, Dunedin
Joan Carter RN, AND, District Oncology Nurse, Healthcare Otago, Dunedin
Reference: Clark, R., & Wasilewska, T., & Carter, J., (1997) Lymphoedema: A Study of Otago Women Treated for Breast Cancer Nursing Praxis in New Zealand 12(2), 4-15
Lymphoedema, the swollen arm that can follow treatment for breast cancer, is the build up of lymph fluid which is unable to flow normally due to the surgical removal of axillary lymph nodes or the scarring of these nodes from radiotherapy. Previous studies indicate a lack of recognition of preventative measures and treatment of lymphoedema amongst health professionals and women treated for breast cancer. There also appears to be a lack of acknowledgement of the effects that lymphoedema can have on those who develop it. Continued…