Secondary Logo

Journal Logo

Institutional members access full text with Ovid®

An Executive Summary of the Clinical Practice Guideline

Diagnosis of Upper-Quadrant Lymphedema Secondary to Cancer

Davies, Claire, PT, PhD, CLT-LANA1; Levenhagen, Kimberly, PT, DPT, WCC2; Ryans, Kathryn, PT, DPT, CLT-LANA3; Perdomo, Marisa, PT, DPT4; Gilchrist, Laura, PT, PhD5

doi: 10.1097/01.REO.0000000000000075

Secondary upper-quadrant lymphedema (SUQL) is a complication of cancer treatments that may impact a large number of cancer survivors. To identify lymphedema early, it is important to determine which diagnostic tools yield the best accuracy so that early intervention can minimize impairments and potentially reduce the cost of disease management while not misdiagnosing patients. The purpose of this executive summary is to briefly describe the major findings of the clinical practice guideline and provide current recommendations for evidence-based diagnostic methods and criteria for cancer-related SUQL.

1Rehabilitation Services Baptist Health Lexington, Lexington, KY

2Department of Physical Therapy & Athletic Training, Doisy College of Health Sciences, St Louis University, St Louis, MO

3Doctor of Physical Therapy Program, Mercy College, Dobbs Ferry, NY

4Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA

5Doctor of Physical Therapy Program, St Catherine University, Minneapolis, MN

Correspondence: Laura Gilchrist, PT, PhD, Doctor of Physical Therapy Program, St Catherine University, 601 25th Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55454 (

Grant Support: This article was supported by a grant from APTA.

The authors have no conflicts of interest to declare.

©2017 (C) Academy of Oncologic Physical Therapy, APTA
You currently do not have access to this article

To access this article:

Note: If your society membership provides full-access, you may need to login on your society website