Breast Cancer-Related Lymphedema and Management: Modern Risk Assessment, Surveillance and Care Pathways

Hear Dr. Jason Edwards share his experience distilling recommendations from clinical literature to guide everyday clinical practice for breast cancer-related lymphedema pathways.

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00:00 Intro

2:15 The scope and burden of breast-cancer related lymphedema

6:26 Mechanisms of lymphatic damage during cancer treatment

9:00 Why early stage lymphedema intervention matters

13:26 Creating a system for lymphedema surveillance

15:18 Predictive risk for developing breast cancer-related lymphedema

17:05 Using patient reported symptoms to diagnose lymphedema

18:41 Breast or truncal edema after breast cancer treatment

21:24 Pillars of lymphedema management

23:21 My practice for lymphedema referral pathway

24:44 Tools for lymphedema self-management

26:37 Using Flexitouch for cancer-related lymphedema home treatment

28:15 Flexitouch is more effective than self-MLD with high patient satisfaction

29:41 Flexitouch improves lymphedema outcomes and reduces costs

30:20 My personal clinical experience with lymphedema

31:45 Q&A with the audience

33:52 Do you ever refer for surgical interventions for BCRL?

35:28 What is the role of a radiation oncologist in lymphedema management?

37:01 At what point do you consider edema to be lymphedema?

42:21 Can we prevent or cure lymphedema with early intervention?

44:48 Do you incorporate static compression for truncal treatment?