Assessment and Risk Reduction in Lymphedema

Michael Bernas

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Objectives: To inform oncology nurses about current concepts and practices for the diagnosis and assessment of patients with cancer-related lymphedema and to examine risk-reduction strategies. Data Sources: Peer reviewed literature. Conclusion: Although there is not an established, standardized protocol for the assessment of these patients, multiple diagnostic and assessment tools are available and in use. In a clinical setting for comprehensive lymphedema care, development of assessment protocols that are reproducible and utilized over the course of care is necessary. Risk-reduction strategies for lymphedema are an emerging focus in oncology care. Implications for Nursing Practice: Established methods for diagnosis and assessment are available and should be incorporated into practice. Risk-reduction strategies should be considered.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)12-19
Number of pages8
JournalSeminars in oncology nursing
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2013


  • Assessment
  • Classification
  • Measurement
  • Risk reduction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology(nursing)


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