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The Level of Lymphedema Awareness among Women with Breast Cancer in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

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Medical Surgical Nursing Department, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah 21589, Saudi Arabia
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Maternity and Pediatric Nursing Department, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah 21589, Saudi Arabia
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(2), 627; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18020627
Received: 12 November 2020 / Revised: 7 January 2021 / Accepted: 9 January 2021 / Published: 13 January 2021
Background: Lymphedema is a condition in which excessive fluid accumulates in soft tissues. It is a common complication of breast cancer treatments. It can lead to serious consequences and interfere with the activity of daily living. This study aimed to determine the level of awareness of breast-cancer-related lymphedema (BCRL) among women with breast cancer in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. This was a descriptive quantitative cross-sectional design that included a convenience sample of women diagnosed with breast cancer in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Data were collected by distributing a self-administrated online questionnaire consisting of four parts, including demographic data (five items), the status of education about BCRL (three items), basic medical history of breast cancer (six items), and BCRL level of awareness of risk factors and management (nine items). Results: In total, 95 out of 135 of participants did not know about lymphedema, 119 of the participants (88.1%) did not receive any explanation about the possibility of lymphedema from their medical team before surgery, and 121 of them (89.6%) did not receive it after surgery. The most significant factor affecting participants’ level of awareness regarding BCRL was the lack of information about the possibility of BCRL occurrence, which was not provided to them by the medical team. Recommendation: Early and continuous education for future management is essential to prevent problems related to BCRL and improve quality of life. View Full-Text
Keywords: breast-cancer-related lymphedema; level of awareness; lymphedema breast-cancer-related lymphedema; level of awareness; lymphedema
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Alsharif, F.; Almutairi, W.; Shibily, F.; Alhothari, F.; Batwa, F.; Batwa, N.; Alharbi, L. The Level of Lymphedema Awareness among Women with Breast Cancer in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18, 627.

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Alsharif F, Almutairi W, Shibily F, Alhothari F, Batwa F, Batwa N, Alharbi L. The Level of Lymphedema Awareness among Women with Breast Cancer in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2021; 18(2):627.

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Alsharif, Fatmah; Almutairi, Wedad; Shibily, Faygah; Alhothari, Fatmah; Batwa, Fidaa; Batwa, Nidaa; Alharbi, Lujain. 2021. "The Level of Lymphedema Awareness among Women with Breast Cancer in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia" Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 18, no. 2: 627.

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