Ahmed, R.L., Thomas, W., Yee, D., & Schmitz, K.H. (2006). Randomized controlled trial of weight training and lymphedema in breast cancer survivors. Journal of Clinical Oncology, 24(18), 2765–2772.doi: 10.1200/JCO.2005.03.6749
To examine associations between exercise and lymphedema in breast cancer survivors
The study and all protocols were approved by the University of Minnesota.
The study took place in the Minneapolis-Saint Paul greater metropolitan area in Minnesota.
The study used a randomized controlled trial design.
After dropouts and loss to follow-up, 78 women completed baseline and six-month measurements of arm circumference. A twice-a-week weight training for a period of six months did not increase arm-circumference measurements or exacerbate symptoms of lymphedema in survivors of breast cancer compared with nonintervention controls.