Lymphedema Prevention Is Part of Complete Cancer Care

Lymphedema is one of the most serious long-term side effects of cancer treatment. Today, it can be prevented with a 30-second test.

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Competition is Growing

As the approach to cancer care becomes more personalized, patients expect specialized and comprehensive care. Here’s how adding a lymphedema prevention program will increase the value of your cancer center.

Attract and Retain More Patients

Lymphedema affects 1-in-3 patients who’ve undergone surgery, radiation, or chemotherapy that can damage the lymphatic system. As lymphedema awareness grows, patients will favor cancer centers that offer lymphedema prevention programs. By providing specialized care, novel technology, and better treatment options, you’ll retain more of the patients you attract.

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Meet Standards of Accreditation

NCCN guidelines recommend you assess patients for lymphedema using a pretreatment baseline test and regular post-surgical testing with a goal of early detection. The NCCN Guidelines® state that early detection is optimal because stages 0 and 1 lymphedema are reversible. By offering a prevention program, you’ll also meet quality metrics set by the NAPBC and COC.

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How to Implement a Prevention Program

Lymphedema prevention is as simple as Test, Trigger, & Treat. Testing takes just 30-seconds and can detect lymphedema before it’s irreversible.

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Patients can receive routine testing for sub-clinical lymphedema during follow-up visits using the L-Dex® score on the SOZO® device.

Trigger

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Evidence shows that if a patient’s L-Dex score increases 6.5 or more from the baseline, that’s a “trigger” to evaluate the patient and initiate intervention1.

Treat

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Treatment for patients with elevated L-Dex scores, which includes standard compression garments worn at home for 4 weeks, 12 hours per day, has been shown to reduce the progression of lymphedema by 95% in breast cancer patients1​.

Be At The Forefront

Offering a lymphedema prevention program provides more value to your patients and distinguishes you from competing cancer treatment centers. Download our guide to learn more about the advantages of adding a lymphedema prevention program to your center.

Together, We Can End
Cancer-Related Lymphedema

  • References

    1. Ridner SH, et al. A Randomized Trial Evaluating Bioimpedance Spectroscopy Versus Tape Measurement for the Prevention of Lymphedema Following Treatment for Breast Cancer: Interim Analysis. Ann Surg Oncol 2019; https://doi.org/10.1245/s10434-019-07344-5.