Self-reported symptoms and managment by midwestern breast cancer survivors
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Lymphedema (LE) is a life-long potential consequence of breast cancer treatment that may affect quality of life of breast cancer survivors in long-term survivorship. Previous studies reported that about 2 million women living with breast cancer are at a lifetime risk for LE development. Information from self-reported lymphedema symptoms and its management will provide potential early detection and intervention to manage LE. The purposes of this study were: To report the frequency of occurrence of commonly self- reported LE symptoms following breast cancer diagnosis and treatment. To find the most commonly reported self-management actions taken for the five LE symptoms.
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