A randomised controlled crossover study of manual lymphatic drainage therapy and self administered massage in breast cancer related lymphoedema

Franks, Peter J., Vadgama, A., Williams, A. F. and Mortimer, P. S. (2002) A randomised controlled crossover study of manual lymphatic drainage therapy and self administered massage in breast cancer related lymphoedema. European Journal of Cancer Care, 11 (4). pp. 254-61. ISSN 1365-2354

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Abstract

This paper describes a randomized controlled crossover study examining the effects of manual lymphatic drainage (MLD) in 31 women with breast cancer-related lymphoedema. MLD is a type of massage used in combination with skin care, support/compression therapy and exercise in the management of lymphoedema. A modified version of MLD, referred to as simple lymphatic drainage (SLD), is commonly taught as a self-help measure. There has been limited research into the efficacy of MLD and SLD. The study reported here explores the effects of MLD and SLD on a range of outcome measures. The findings demonstrate that MLD significantly reduces excess limb volume (difference, d=71, 95% CI=16–126, P=0.013) and reduced dermal thickness in the upper arm (d=0.15, 95% CI=0.12–0.29, P =0.03). Quality of life, in terms of emotional function (d=7.2, 95% CI=2.3–12.1, P=0.006), dyspnoea (d=−4.6, 95% CI=−9.1 to −0.15, P=0.04) and sleep disturbance (d =−9.2, 95% CI=−17.4 to −1.0, P=0.03), and a number of altered sensations, such as pain and heaviness, were also significantly improved by MLD. The study provides evidence to support the use of MLD in women with breast cancer-related lymphoedema. The limitations of the study are outlined and future areas for study are highlighted.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Manual lymphatic drainage (MLD); Breast cancer-related lymphoedema; Lymphoedema management; Lymphoedema therapy; Combined decongestive therapy (CDT); Massage
Subjects: Medicine and health > Clinical medicine
Depositing User: Rod Pow
Date Deposited: 13 Jul 2012 09:09
Last Modified: 12 Jan 2017 10:01
URI: http://repository.uwl.ac.uk/id/eprint/101

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