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To inform oncology nurses about current concepts and practices for the diagnosis and assessment of patients with cancer-related lymphedema and to examine risk-reduction strategies. Peer reviewed literature. Although there is not an established, standardized protocol for the assessment of these patients, multiple diagnostic and assessment tools are available and in use. In a clinical setting for comprehensive lymphedema care, development of assessment protocols that are reproducible and utilized over the course of care is necessary. Risk-reduction strategies for lymphedema are an emerging focus in oncology care. Established methods for diagnosis and assessment are available and should be incorporated into practice. Risk-reduction strategies should be considered. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

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Michael Bernas. Assessment and risk reduction in lymphedema. Seminars in oncology nursing. 2013 Feb;29(1):12-9

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