University of Canberra
Research Projects
Exercise as Medicine for the Management of Lymphoedema in Breast Cancer Survivors
State/Territory: ACT

Recently, upper body resistance exercise has been shown to be safe for women with breast cancer related lymphoedema (BCRL) and result in improvements in the severity of lymphoedema symptoms and muscle strength as well as a lower incidence of lymphoedema exacerbations. However, information regarding the most effective type of resistance training is currently unknown. Therefore, the purpose of this research study is to compare the effect of performing 12 weeks of upper body resistance exercise with either heavier or lighter weights on lymphoedema status, physical function and quality of life in women with BCRL. Information obtained from this research will assist clinicians, nurses and therapists in the advice and guidelines provided to BCRL patients about managing the condition and tackling the adverse impacts that permeate all aspects of their daily life.

Geographic location:
Belconnen and Tuggeranong, ACT
Research theme:
Health and Wellbeing
University of Canberra
Edith Cowan University, Club Pink Belconnen and Tuggeranong
Funding agency:
University of Canberra DVCR fellowship grant
Main researchers:
Dr Kate Pumpa, Dr Ben Rattray & Ms Elizabeth Turner University of Canberra, and Dr Prue Cormie, Dr Danial Galvao and Dr Rob Newton Edith Cowan University
01 Jan 2010 - 31 Dec 2012