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Mitigating Breast-Cancer-Related Lymphedema—A Calgary Program for Immediate Lymphatic Reconstruction (ILR)

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Division of Surgical Oncology, Tom Baker Cancer Center, Calgary, AB T2N 4N2, Canada
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Division of Plastic Surgery, Tom Baker Cancer Center, Calgary, AB T2N 4N2, Canada
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Curr. Oncol. 2023, 30(2), 1546-1559; https://doi.org/10.3390/curroncol30020119
Received: 1 January 2023 / Revised: 18 January 2023 / Accepted: 22 January 2023 / Published: 24 January 2023
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Advances in Surgical Treatment of Breast Cancer)

Abstract

With increasing breast cancer survival rates, one of our contemporary challenges is to improve the quality of life of survivors. Lymphedema affects quality of life on physical, psychological, social and economic levels; however, prevention of lymphedema lags behind the progress seen in other areas of survivorship such as breast reconstruction and fertility preservation. Immediate lymphatic reconstruction (ILR) is a proactive approach to try to prevent lymphedema. We describe in this article essential aspects of the elaboration of an ILR program. The Calgary experience is reviewed with specific focus on team building, technique, operating room logistics and patient follow-up, all viewed through research and education lenses.
Keywords: lymphedema; immediate lymphatic reconstruction; breast cancer lymphedema; immediate lymphatic reconstruction; breast cancer

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Deban, M.; McKinnon, J.G.; Temple-Oberle, C. Mitigating Breast-Cancer-Related Lymphedema—A Calgary Program for Immediate Lymphatic Reconstruction (ILR). Curr. Oncol. 2023, 30, 1546-1559. https://doi.org/10.3390/curroncol30020119

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Deban M, McKinnon JG, Temple-Oberle C. Mitigating Breast-Cancer-Related Lymphedema—A Calgary Program for Immediate Lymphatic Reconstruction (ILR). Current Oncology. 2023; 30(2):1546-1559. https://doi.org/10.3390/curroncol30020119

Chicago/Turabian Style

Deban, Melina, J. Gregory McKinnon, and Claire Temple-Oberle. 2023. "Mitigating Breast-Cancer-Related Lymphedema—A Calgary Program for Immediate Lymphatic Reconstruction (ILR)" Current Oncology 30, no. 2: 1546-1559. https://doi.org/10.3390/curroncol30020119

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