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Breast cancer

13 August 2009

Weight lifting helps lymphedema

Women who develop arm swelling following surgery for breast cancer derive significant benefits from participating in a slowly progressive weight lifting programme, a study shows.

Women who develop arm swelling following surgery for breast cancer -- a bothersome condition known as lymphedema -- derive significant benefits from participating in a slowly progressive weight lifting programme, a study shows.

How the study was done
The study involved 141 breast cancer survivors with arm swelling. The women were randomly assigned to twice-weekly progressive weight lifting, guided by a trainer primarily at local YMCAs, or to a non-weight lifting "control" group.

 

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Dr Gudgeon qualified in Birmingham, England, in 1968. She has more than 40 years experience in oncology, and in 1994 she founded her practice, Cape Breast Care, where she treats benign and malignant breast cancers. Dr Boeddinghaus obtained her qualification at UCT Medical School in 1994 and her MRCP in London in 1998. She has worked extensively in the field of oncology and has a special interest in the hormonal management of breast cancer. She now works with Dr Gudgeon at Cape Breast Care. Read more.

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