Advanced Practice
NCPD Article

Prevention, Surveillance, and Treatment of Breast Cancer–Related Lymphedema: The Role of the Advanced Practice Provider

Leslie A. McGrath

Emily Bloomfield

breast cancer–related lymphedema, risk factors, quality of life, early intervention
CJON 2024, 28(2), 122-127. DOI: 10.1188/24.CJON.122-127

Breast cancer–related lymphedema is a lifelong disease associated with decreased quality of life and increased healthcare costs. Evidence supports early detection and prompt treatment through prospective surveillance models as standard of care. Additional research on risk stratification and predictive modeling may lead to patient-centered treatments. Advanced practice providers are uniquely positioned to develop and implement comprehensive lymphedema programs focused on treatment and prevention pathways.

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