Lymphoedema prevalence around 2% in Europe #lymphedema #ESL
Lymphoedema affects up to 42% of women after #breastcancer treatment #lymphoedema #ESL #screening #prevention
These tweets relate to an excellent presentation from Karel Benda from the Czech Republic, using data from his own studies and also from the literature. He provided estimates of the frequency of lymphoedema after treatment for various cancers. Though the precise figure will depend on the exact treatment received for each cancer, the data provides reasonable estimates that are useful for patients and their treating physicians.
Breast cancer: 20-42%
Gynaecological cancer (eg womb, cervix): 8-32%
Urological cancer (eg prostate): 21-50%
Head and neck cancer: 75%
Melanoma (skin cancer): 47%
These rates of lymphoedema are high, much higher than surgeons and oncologists treating these cancers realize, I suspect. This illustrates the point that lymphoedema is an unmet clinical need in cancer survivors. Many of our patients say that the lymphoedema is a daily reminder of what they have been through in their cancer treatment – some say it is worse than having the cancer itself. As a medical profession, we need to address this need with effective treatments……. More about treatments in an upcoming post.
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