Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item:
Title: The detection of secondary lower limb lymphoedema in women following treatment for gynaecological cancer.
Authors: Dawson, Wendy
Botti, Mari
Other Authors: Santamaria, Nick
Keywords: Secondary Lower Limb Lymphoedema
Gynaecological Malignancies
Gynaecological Cancer
Cancer Survivors
Earliest Symptoms
Ankle Swelling
Cancer Recurrence
Fear of Recurrence
Patient-Directed Management Strategies
Patient Education
Psychological Support
Coping Strategies
Cancer Services Clinical Institute, Epworth HealthCare, Victoria, Australia
Issue Date: Jun-2017
Citation: Epworth Research Institute Research Week 2017; Poster 7: pp 30
Conference Name: Epworth Research Institute Research Week 2017
Conference Location: Epworth Research Institute, Victoria, Australia
Abstract: INTRODUCTION/BACKGROUND: Literature suggests knowledge gap concerning the detection and management of secondary lower limb lymphoedema (LLL) in women following treatment for gynaecological malignancies. Guidelines recommend detecting and treating LLL as early as possible to improve health outcomes, but there are few studies investigating the earliest symptoms of LLL in this cohort of women. AIMS: This research primarily aimed to explore the earliest detectable symptom of LLL, with a secondary aim of describing current detection and management pathways. METHODOLOGY: The mixed methods design was comprised of a quantitative cross sectional retrospective validated questionnaire sent to 216 women treated for gynaecological cancer, followed by semi structured interviews (n=10), to map detection and treatment pathways. Participants were sourced from all gynaecological patients in the Epworth Freemasons hospital e-record database (n=1881), April 2014 to December 2015. Quantitative data was de identified, coded and analysed using IBM SPSS statistics software. The thematic analysis of interviews identified common themes and rich descriptions of symptoms and management of LLL. RESULTS/OUTCOMES: Data analysis of questionnaires demonstrated ankle swelling as the most common early symptom of LLL by 21.88% of questionnaire respondents (95% Confidence Interval or CI=14.08% to 31.50%) (return rate 46.29%) and 80% of interview participants. Semi structured interview analysis identified 4 common themes: Knowledge/Education; Fear of recurrence; Coping with Symptoms and Circumstances; and Patient-Directed Management Strategies. CONCLUSION: The study has contributed to understanding a previously unstudied private patient cohort regarding early symptoms of LLL, treatment pathways and common ongoing survivorship issues. These findings can be applied to practice, with improved timing and content of LLL education, psychological support, practical advice and evidence based patient-directed management to deliver better health outcomes regarding LLL. The valuable input from interview participants provided insight into the support and follow up required by women following treatment for gynaecological cancers.
Type: Conference Poster
Affiliated Organisations: University of Melbourne, Department of Nursing
Type of Clinical Study or Trial: Mixed Methods
Appears in Collections:Cancer Services
Mental Health
Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Research Week

Files in This Item:
There are no files associated with this item.

Items in Epworth are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.