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ImpediMed - Lymphoedema Risk Factors Paper Published

ImpediMed Limited (ASX:IPD) (ImpediMed) is pleased to announce the publication of a paper on the risk factors for breast cancer related lymphoedema. The paper was published in Cancer, an international, interdisciplinary journal of the American Cancer Society, which publishes high-impact, peer-reviewed original articles and solicited content on the latest clinical research findings.

Key findings included:

-- The publication supports the use of a prospective surveillance model of care and identifies patients who may benefit from more frequent follow-up.
-- The paper supported previous studies in identifying patients at higher risk to progress to clinical breast cancer-related lymphoedema (BCRL). These included patients receiving axillary lymph node dissection (ALND), taxane-based chemotherapy, regional nodal irradiation (RNI), or those with a body mass index >30.
-- Additionally, the authors found that residing in a rural location increased risk, whereas air travel did not increase risk.

The journal also commissioned an editorial which has been published in conjunction with the manuscript.

Salient points included:

-- The authors are completely independent and represent some very prestigious institutions, including Harvard Medical School, Dana-Farber Brigham Cancer Center and University of Rochester Medical Center.
-- They commented that the work “contributes greatly to the body of BCRL literature because it describes individual patient risk factors for BCRL development in an international, prospective cohort”.   

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