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The management of breast cancer-related lymphoedema

C M Marco, R Pillay, C Schoonheim


Lymphoedema is a chronic debilitating condition characterised by an accumulation of protein-rich fluid in interstitial spaces due to insufficient functioning of the lymphatic system. The condition may be referred to as primary (congenital malformation) or secondary (damage to the lymphatic system) lymphoedema. Lymphoedema is currently incurable, but can be alleviated with appropriate treatment. However, if ignored, it can progress and become difficult to manage.   

Authors' affiliations

C M Marco, Private Practice, Claremont, South Africa

R Pillay, Department of Occupational Therapy, Groote Schuur Hospital, Cape Town, South Africa

C Schoonheim, Private Practice, Hout Bay, South Africa

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Breast cancer; Lymphoedema

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South African Medical Journal 2014;104(5):382. DOI:10.7196/SAMJ.8251

Article History

Date submitted: 2014-03-25
Date published: 2014-04-05

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