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COMPARISON OF COMPLETE DECONGESTIVE THERAPY AND KINESIOLOGY TAPING FOR UNILATERAL UPPER LIMB BREAST CANCER-RELATED LYMPHEDEMA: A RANDOMIZED CONTROLLED TRIAL

Authors
  • C. Basoglu
  • D. Sindel
  • M. Corum
  • A. Oral

Abstract

We designed a study to compare effects of complete decongestive therapy (CDT) and kinesiology taping (KT) (with exercise and skin care) on limb circumference, lymphedema volume, grip strength, functional status, and quality of life in patients with unilateral breast cancer-related lymphedema (BCRL). Forty patients with unilateral stage 2 BCRL were randomized to either the CDT group (n=20) or the KT group (n=20). Patients in the CDT group underwent 30-min manual lymphatic drainage (MLD) and multi-layer, short-stretch bandaging once a week for four weeks. Patients in the KT group underwent taping once a week for four weeks. In addition, all patients were informed about skin care and given an exercise program throughout the treatment. Upper extremity circumference and volume differences as primary outcomes and grip strength, Quick-Disabilities of the Arm, Shoulder and Hand (Q-DASH), and Functional Assessment of Cancer Therapy-Breast (FACT-B) scores as secondary outcomes were assessed initially, after treatment (4 weeks), and at the 1st month follow-up. Limb circumference and volume differences were significantly reduced in the CDT group after the 4-week treatment compared with the KT group (p=0.012 and p=0.015, respectively), but there was no difference between the groups in the 1st month follow-up (p>0.05). There was no difference between the groups in terms of grip strength, Q-DASH, and FACT-B scores after treatment and at the 1st month follow-up (p>0.05). Our results show that both KT and CDT were found to significantly reduce limb volume and circumference individually at 4-weeks and the one-month follow-up in patients with BCRL and that CDT significantly reduced both limb volume and circumference compared to KT at the 4-week time point, but not at the follow-up. Further randomized controlled trials with patients at different stages of BCRL are needed to confirm and expand these results.

Keywords: breast cancer lymphedema, kinesiotape treatment, CDT (complete decongestive therapy) treatment, Q-DASH, FACT-B, randomized controlled trial

How to Cite:

Basoglu, C. & Sindel, D. & Corum, M. & Oral, A., (2021) “COMPARISON OF COMPLETE DECONGESTIVE THERAPY AND KINESIOLOGY TAPING FOR UNILATERAL UPPER LIMB BREAST CANCER-RELATED LYMPHEDEMA: A RANDOMIZED CONTROLLED TRIAL”, Lymphology 54(1), p.41-51. doi: https://doi.org/10.2458/lymph.4680

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Published on
07 Sep 2021
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