TITLE: The Effects of Yoga on Shoulder and Spinal Actions for Women with Breast Cancer-Related Lymphoedema of the Arm: A Randomized Controlled Pilot Study
PUBLICATION: BMC Complementary and alternative medicine
AUTHORS : Annette Loudon, Tony Barnett, Neil Piller, Maarten A. Immink, Denis Visentin, and Andrew D. Williams
Breast cancer-related lymphoedema (BCRL): Lymph is a thin, clear fluid that removes waste and bacteria from the tissues. Edema occurs when excess fluid builds up. Lymphoedema occurs when too much lymph builds up; after radiation and surgery during breast cancer treatment, lymphoedema occurs in the arm and hand, and possibly in the breast, underarm, chest, trunk, or back. BCRL affects at least 20% of women undergoing breast cancer treatment.
Pilot study: A small scale preparatory study that assesses feasibility, cost, and effect size. Pilot studies are important for good study design and useful for improving related future studies.
Range of Motion (ROM): Full movement potential of a joint.