Management of Lymphedema after Breast Cancer Treatment
Lymphedema is a common, and often debilitating, side effect of breast cancer treatment. Early diagnosis and proper management of lymphedema can lessen the severity of the condition and allow survivors to maintain their physical functioning and quality of life. Clinicians who work with breast cancer survivors need to be informed about the prevalence of and risk factors for lymphedema, its negative impact, and current management recommendations so that all survivors with lymphedema receive optimal treatment.
This information was originally presented at the NCCN 2019 Congress Series™: Breast Cancer with Updates from the 2018 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium (SABCS) held in Chicago, Illinois, on February 8, 2019.
This educational program is designed to meet the educational needs of physicians, nurses, pharmacists, and other health care professionals who manage patients with breast cancer.
Following this program, participants should be able to:
- List risk factors for the development of lymphedema after breast cancer treatment.
- Discuss the negative impact that lymphedema can have on breast cancer survivors.
- Describe management approaches that can improve lymphedema symptoms in breast cancer survivors.
Tara Sanft, MD
Yale Cancer Center/Smilow Cancer Hospital
NCCN Medical Education Disclosure Policy
It is the policy of NCCN that every 12 months, all faculty, moderators, activity planners and all internal planning staff participating in NCCN continuing education activities are expected to disclose any financial relationships with a commercial interest as defined by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) Standards for Commercial Support. In addition, all faculty presentations have been reviewed for adherence to the ACCME’s Standards for Commercial Support (the provider develops activities/educational interventions independent of commercial interests [SCS 1, 2 and 6] by experts on the topics).
Per the ACCME Standards for Commercial Support, individuals who do not disclose relevant financial relationships will be disqualified from involvement in the CE activity as a content developer, planner, or presenter. A complete list of individuals’ relationships with external entities is available upon request.
NCCN continuing education considers financial relationships to create a “conflict of interest” when an individual has both a financial relationship with a commercial interest and the opportunity to affect CE content about the products or services of a commercial interest with which he/she and/or a spouse or partner has a financial relationship.
NCCN continuing education considers “relevant financial relationships” as financial relationships in any amount occurring within the past 12 months that create a conflict of interest. NCCN does not set a minimal dollar amount for relationships to be significant. Inherent in any amount is the incentive to maintain or increase the value of the relationship.
All faculty for this continuing education activity are competent in the subject matter and qualified by experience, training, and/or preparation for the tasks and methods of delivery.
Faculty presentations may include discussion of off-label use. Faculty will disclose that the use in question is not currently approved by the FDA per the product labeling.
The faculty listed below discloses no relevant financial relationships:
Tara Sanft, MD
NCCN Staff Disclosures
The NCCN Activity Planning staff listed below discloses no relevant financial relationships:
Melissa Esplen; Mark A. Geisler; Kristina M. Gregory, RN, MSN, OCN; Kristin Kline Hasson; Rose Joyce; Karen Kanefield; Lisa Perfidio, MS; Shannon Ryan; Kathy Ann Smith, CMP, CHCP
The NCCN Activity Planning staff listed below discloses the following relevant financial relationships:
Katherine Pierce (Employed by NCCN until 8/1/18)
Pfizer Inc.: Equity Interest/Stock Options
Boston Scientific Corporation: Equity Interest/Stock Options
Donald Harting, ELS, CHCP (Employed by NCCN until 12/3/18)
Laboratory Corporation of America (LabCorp): Equity interest/Stock Options
The NCCN Clinical staff listed below discloses no relevant financial relationships:
Susan D. Darlow, PhD; Mary A. Dwyer, MS, CGC; Ellen Erkess; Deborah A. Freedman-Cass, PhD; Rashmi Kumar, PhD; Nicole R. McMillian, MS, CHES; Dorothy A. Shead, MS
In support of improving patient care, National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.
NCCN designates this enduring material for a maximum of 0.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
NCCN designates this educational activity for a maximum of 0.60 contact hour.
NCCN designates this knowledge-based continuing education activity for 0.50 contact hour (0.050 CEUs) of continuing education credit. UAN: JA4008196-0000-19-024-H01-P
NCCN has been authorized by the American Academy of PAs (AAPA) to award AAPA Category 1 CME credit for activities planned in accordance with AAPA CME Criteria. This activity is designated for 0.50 AAPA Category 1 CME credit. Approval is valid until March 18, 2020. PAs should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation.
- 0.50 AAPA Category 1 CME credit
- 0.50 ACPE contact hours
- 0.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
- 0.60 ANCC contact hours
- 0.50 Participation
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