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Risk Factors for Breast Cancer Lymphedema

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Christine Miaskowski, PhD, RN, University of California, San Francisco

This study is designed to identify both signs and symptoms of breast cancer-related lymphedema and genetic factors that predict whether patients are at increased risk for developing lymphedema. The researchers intend to use the results to develop and test new approaches to prevent or reduce the risk of lymphedema developing following breast cancer treatment.

What does participation involve?

If you agree to participate in this study, you will be asked to complete a series of online questionnaires before your visit. During your visit, the research team will work with you to complete the following procedures:

  • Measurements will be taken of your height, weight, movement and strength of your shoulders, and strength of your hand grip.
  • The size of your arms will be measured by tape measure
  • The fluid content of your body and each arm will be measured using a bioelectrical impedance machine. During these tests a very small amount of electricity will pass through your body. These tests are completely painless and have no side effects.
  • The sensation (feeling) in your arms and hands will be tested.
  • You will be asked for a blood sample.

All these procedures will take place during one visit. The study visit will require about two hours of your time.

University of California, San Francisco, California; University of California Davis Medical Center, Sacramento, California; Dignity Health Dominican Hospital, Santa Cruz, California; Mount Sinai Hospital, New York City, New York