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Lymphedema Management 

Lymphedema Management
Chapter:
Lymphedema Management
Author(s):

Mei R. Fu

, Bonnie B. Lasinski

, Janet H. Van Cleave

, and Charles P. Tilley

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780190862374.003.0018
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date: 25 August 2019

Nurses are the ideal resource for providing and improving quality care for patients suffering from lymphedema because they have access to large, diverse patient populations. Lymphedema or abnormal swelling is seen regularly in palliative and acute care settings. Lymphedema is a major health problem affecting thousands of individuals worldwide, yet it is often overlooked or neglected despite its capacity to cause pain and multiple distressing symptoms as well as to impair patients’ physical, functional, social, sexual, and affective well-being. Even with modern medical advances, lymphedema remains a lifelong, incurable disease requiring ongoing attention, appropriate therapy, and long-term management. Palliative care to alleviate symptoms and control swelling is the ultimate goal for lymphedema treatment and management. This chapter prepares nurses to understand, assess, and manage lymphedema in various clinical settings, including acute, outpatient, community, and palliative care.

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