Effect of Upper Limb Posture on Limb Volume as Expressed in Circumference Measurement in Healthy Women and in Women With Breast Cancer Related Lymphedema
Study design: Analytical cross section study Population: Inclusion criteria: 15 women who
have completed breast cancer treatments, with a diagnosis of unilateral arm lymphedema, in
the intensive phase of lymphedema treatment; 15 women who have completed breast cancer
treatment and are in the maintenance phase of lymph edema treatment and 15 healthy women
adjusted in age and BMI. Exclusion criteria: active cancer, cardiovascular disorder, wounds
or inflammation in the measured upper limb, and illness with fever.
Research tools: Questionnaire to gather personal details, information about the cancer and
the lymphedema. Plastic, retractable measuring tape with an accuracy of 1 mm. Fixed points
on the limb are measured according to anatomical landmarks and afterwards the limb volume is
calculated using the formula for a truncated cone.
Observational Model: Case Control, Time Perspective: Cross-Sectional
Circumferential upper limb measurement
3 hours for each subject
Israel: Ministry of Health