Measuring change in breast cancer related lymphoedema during reflexology: an exploratory study using thermal imaging
Mark Allen Healthcare
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Background Reflexology lymph drainage (RLD) for breast cancer related lymphoedema (BCRL) may have a positive impact on arm swelling and pain. Thermal imaging is a means of tracking temperature change by visual images. Aims To explore the use of thermal imaging in treatment for BCRL. Method The swollen arms of two participants with BCRL were photographed using a thermal imaging camera during a single RLD treatment. Limb Volume Circumferential Measurement (LVCM) of both arms was taken before, after and the next day. The images were examined for visual changes, and temperature data were extracted. Findings Images showed differences in temperature within the affected hand and arm over 45 minutes. LVCM data indicated a loss of limb volume in the affected arm in both cases, which continued to decrease over 24 hours. Conclusion Thermal imaging may be useful in tracking temperature change during treatment for BCRL.
British Journal of Community Nursing;
Article accepted for publication in British Journal of Community Nursing
Cardiff Metropolitan University (Grant ID: Cardiff Metropolian (Internal))
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