Manual Lymphatic Drainage for Lymphedema Following Breast Cancer Treatment

How effective and safe is manual lymphatic drainage (MLD) in treating breast cancer-related lymphedema (BCRL), a swelling condition that can occur after breast cancer surgery or radiation therapy? Results from six trials involving 208 participants suggest that adding MLD to compression bandaging may provide additional benefits in reducing swelling, particularly for individuals with mild-to-moderate BCRL. Additionally, MLD was deemed safe and well-tolerated, but further research is needed to confirm its efficacy, especially in specific BCRL severity levels.

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