Active exercises utilizing a facilitating device in the treatment of lymphedema resulting from breast cancer therapy

Maria De Fátima Guerreiro Godoy, Antonio Helio Oliani & Jose Maria Pereira De Godoy
The aim of this study was to evaluate the reduction in volume of arm lymphedema secondary to breast cancer therapy utilizing an exercise facilitating device. Twenty-one women with arm lymphedema resulting from the surgical and radiotherapeutic treatment of breast cancer were randomly selected. Evaluation was made by water-displacement volumetry before and after each session. The patients were submitted to a series of active exercises using a facilitating device for four 12-minute sessions with intervals of...