Concise review on the safety of exercise on symptoms of lymphedema

World J Clin Oncol. 2015 Aug 10;6(4):43-4. doi: 10.5306/wjco.v6.i4.43.


Lymphedema is an atypical accumulation of high-protein fluid located just beneath the skin, which often occurs in the arm or leg. Exercising with lymphedema was traditionally considered to be unsafe. However, recent research indicates that exercise may be beneficial to individuals with lymphedema. Studies indicate that exercise can improve the range of motion and strength of the afflicted limb(s), as well as overall fitness and functional quality of life, and can be performed without exacerbating symptoms of lymphedema.

Keywords: Breast cancer; Exercise; Lymphedema; Quality of life.

Publication types

  • Review