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. 2015 Mar;27(3):865-70.
doi: 10.1589/jpts.27.865. Epub 2015 Mar 31.

Effects of Phase I Complex Decongestive Physiotherapy on Physical Functions and Depression Levels in Breast Cancer Related Lymph Edema

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Effects of Phase I Complex Decongestive Physiotherapy on Physical Functions and Depression Levels in Breast Cancer Related Lymph Edema

Orçin Telli Atalay et al. J Phys Ther Sci. .
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Abstract

[Purpose] Breast cancer-related upper extremity lymph edema is known to cause physical, functional and psychological impairments in women after modified radical mastectomy. The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of phase I Complex Decongestive Physiotherapy (CDP) on physical functions and depression levels in women with breast cancer-related upper extremity lymph edema. [Subjects and Methods] Fifty-eight subjects with breast cancer-related upper extremity lymph edema were the subjects of this study. The arm circumference, shoulder range of motion (ROM), muscle strength and depression levels of the subjects were assessed before and after phase I CDP treatment. [Results] After phase I CDP, there was a statistically significant reduction in circumference measurements at all levels of the affected arm. There was not any statistically significant difference in muscle strength after CDP. The shoulder ROM improved after treatment. There was a significant reduction in the Beck Depression Inventory score. A significant positive correlation was found between depression levels and circumference measurement. [Conclusion] Based on the results we suggest that by reducing limb volume, beside improving physical functions, phase I CDP can affect psychological status, especially depression which is very common in women with breast cancer-related upper extremity lymph edema.

Keywords: Complex decongestive physiotherapy; Depression; Lymph edema.

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