Background: Melanoma is a malignant tumour of melanocytes, which are found predominantly in skin, and at least 10-45% of patients develop secondary lymphedema (SL). Purpose: This study seeks to investigate if individual's lymphatic system can benefit from complete decongestive physical therapy (CDPT) 1 year after discharge from CDPT and consequently endorsing a better quality of life. Methods: Male and female(n = 12) melanoma survivors 1-4 years post diagnosis with unilateral SL. Questionnaire and limb measurements were used to asses retrospective outcomes. Results: A significant improvements (p < 0.05) has been in the categories of localisation, staging, disability and symptoms of SL. Conclusions: CDPT provides relief in signs and symptoms for patients with SL following groyne dissection.
|Number of pages||7|
|Journal||Supportive Care in Cancer|
|State||Published - Jan 2011|
- Physical therapy
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