Treatment of lymphoedema in breast cancer survivors dataset
School or Research Centre
Edith Cowan University Health and Wellness Institute
Edith Cowan University Research Online
Edith Cowan University
This dataset was collected during a study of 61 Western Australian women who had undergone treatment for breast cancer. The aim of the research project was to determine optimal exercise prescription for the management of lymphoedema in breast cancer survivors. The program for participants involved a regime of resistance training to determine the effect of high versus low load upper body resistance training on upper body physical function. The study examined the impact of the resistance training in reducing the side effects of lymphoedema. The data that was collected includes physiological measures, physical measures, exercise diaries, training logs and questionnaires regarding a range of areas: quality of life and impairments in physical, mental and social function. SPSS was used to analyse the results.
The research was funded by an ECU Early Career research grant. Dr Kate Pumpa of the University of Canberra was a collaborator in the research.
Research Activity Title
Exercise as medicine for the management of lymphoedema in breast cancer survivors
Research Activity Description
Lymphoedema is the chronic swelling of the hand, arm and shoulder that can occur after treatment for breast cancer. The development of lymphoedema secondary to breast cancer treatment has a profound impact on quality of life through significant impairments in physical, mental and social function. This project aims to determine optimal exercise prescription for the management of lymphoedema in breast cancer survivors. Specifically, the project compares the strength of effect of high versus low load upper body resistance training on upper body physical function, lymphoedema status, severity of lymphoedema symptoms, tissue composition of the arm, muscle strength and endurance as well as flexibility, physical activity level, body composition and quality of life. Information obtained will contribute important new knowledge, helping to shape best practice guidelines and therefore assist clinicians, nurses and therapists advise patients about managing the condition and tackling the adverse impacts that permeate all aspects of their daily life.
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Cormie, P. (2014). Treatment of lymphoedema in breast cancer survivors dataset. Edith Cowan University. Retrieved from https://ro.ecu.edu.au/datasets/16