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Establishing and sustaining a prospective screening program for breast cancer-related lymphedema at the massachusetts general hospital: lessons learned.

Brunelle C, Skolny M, Ferguson C, Swaroop M, O'Toole J, Taghian AG - J Pers Med (2015)

Bottom Line: While the components of a prospective screening program have been published, some centers struggle with how to initiate, establish, and sustain a screening program of their own.The intent of this manuscript is to share our experience and struggles in establishing a prospective surveillance program within the infrastructure of our institution.It is our hope that by sharing our history other centers can learn from our mistakes and successes to better design their own prospective screening program to best serve their patient population.

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Affiliation: Department of Physical and Occupational Therapy, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA 02114, USA. cbrunelle@partners.org.

ABSTRACT
There has been an increasing call to prospectively screen patients with breast cancer for the development of breast cancer-related lymphedema (BCRL) following their breast cancer treatment. While the components of a prospective screening program have been published, some centers struggle with how to initiate, establish, and sustain a screening program of their own. The intent of this manuscript is to share our experience and struggles in establishing a prospective surveillance program within the infrastructure of our institution. It is our hope that by sharing our history other centers can learn from our mistakes and successes to better design their own prospective screening program to best serve their patient population.

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Mentions: After researching the various measurement options utilized in the literature, a horizontal perometer was purchased in 2005. A perometer was chosen based on its quick and accurate ability to measure patients’ limb volume. This would allow us to screen large volumes of patients without disrupting the current clinic workflow or extending the time of the patient’s oncology appointment. Obtaining a designated clinical space within the breast center for the perometer was challenging. Similar to other health centers, clinical space is very limited at our institution. Given the commitment of the team, they were able to secure a small space (7.5 × 5 feet or 2.3 × 1.5 m) within the Breast Center that could house the perometer (Figure 1).


Establishing and sustaining a prospective screening program for breast cancer-related lymphedema at the massachusetts general hospital: lessons learned.

Brunelle C, Skolny M, Ferguson C, Swaroop M, O'Toole J, Taghian AG - J Pers Med (2015)

Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) perometer room.
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jpm-05-00153-f001: Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) perometer room.
Mentions: After researching the various measurement options utilized in the literature, a horizontal perometer was purchased in 2005. A perometer was chosen based on its quick and accurate ability to measure patients’ limb volume. This would allow us to screen large volumes of patients without disrupting the current clinic workflow or extending the time of the patient’s oncology appointment. Obtaining a designated clinical space within the breast center for the perometer was challenging. Similar to other health centers, clinical space is very limited at our institution. Given the commitment of the team, they were able to secure a small space (7.5 × 5 feet or 2.3 × 1.5 m) within the Breast Center that could house the perometer (Figure 1).

Bottom Line: While the components of a prospective screening program have been published, some centers struggle with how to initiate, establish, and sustain a screening program of their own.The intent of this manuscript is to share our experience and struggles in establishing a prospective surveillance program within the infrastructure of our institution.It is our hope that by sharing our history other centers can learn from our mistakes and successes to better design their own prospective screening program to best serve their patient population.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Department of Physical and Occupational Therapy, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA 02114, USA. cbrunelle@partners.org.

ABSTRACT
There has been an increasing call to prospectively screen patients with breast cancer for the development of breast cancer-related lymphedema (BCRL) following their breast cancer treatment. While the components of a prospective screening program have been published, some centers struggle with how to initiate, establish, and sustain a screening program of their own. The intent of this manuscript is to share our experience and struggles in establishing a prospective surveillance program within the infrastructure of our institution. It is our hope that by sharing our history other centers can learn from our mistakes and successes to better design their own prospective screening program to best serve their patient population.

No MeSH data available.


Related in: MedlinePlus