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Psychosocial Issues Associated with Breast Cancer-Related Lymphedema: a Literature Review

Psychosocial Issues Associated with Breast Cancer-Related Lymphedema: a Literature Review Purpose of ReviewBreast cancer-related lymphedema (BCRL) is a chronic disease affecting breast cancer survivors. The purpose of this article is to update the scientific literature regarding psychosocial issues associated with BCRL.Recent FindingsReports describe economic burdens, social support, sexuality, BCRL patient-education needs, and interventions to reduce BCRL symptoms and improve QOL among women with breast cancer. The psychosocial impact of BCRL may differ between younger and older women which has implications for age-related interventions to reduce the adverse psychosocial experiences of women with BCRL. We did not locate studies reporting the psychosocial impact of BCRL on male breast cancer survivors.SummaryMore psychosocial-based interventions are needed that target the concerns of those with BCRL, including age-related needs, sexual concerns, body image, and social support. Future research is indicated to study the psychosocial impact of BCRL among men. Researchers may consider how pandemic-driven health care policies affect the psychosocial needs of those with BCRL. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Current Breast Cancer Reports Springer Journals

Psychosocial Issues Associated with Breast Cancer-Related Lymphedema: a Literature Review

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Publisher
Springer Journals
Copyright
Copyright © Springer Science+Business Media, LLC, part of Springer Nature 2020
ISSN
1943-4588
eISSN
1943-4596
DOI
10.1007/s12609-020-00376-x
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Abstract

Purpose of ReviewBreast cancer-related lymphedema (BCRL) is a chronic disease affecting breast cancer survivors. The purpose of this article is to update the scientific literature regarding psychosocial issues associated with BCRL.Recent FindingsReports describe economic burdens, social support, sexuality, BCRL patient-education needs, and interventions to reduce BCRL symptoms and improve QOL among women with breast cancer. The psychosocial impact of BCRL may differ between younger and older women which has implications for age-related interventions to reduce the adverse psychosocial experiences of women with BCRL. We did not locate studies reporting the psychosocial impact of BCRL on male breast cancer survivors.SummaryMore psychosocial-based interventions are needed that target the concerns of those with BCRL, including age-related needs, sexual concerns, body image, and social support. Future research is indicated to study the psychosocial impact of BCRL among men. Researchers may consider how pandemic-driven health care policies affect the psychosocial needs of those with BCRL.

Journal

Current Breast Cancer ReportsSpringer Journals

Published: Aug 25, 2020

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