Acupuncture: Could an ancient therapy be the latest advance in the treatment of lymphedema?


  • Brian D. Lawenda MD,

    Corresponding author
    1. 21st Century Oncology, Las Vegas, Nevada
    2. Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Radiation Oncology, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, Indiana
    • Corresponding author: Dr. Brian Lawenda, 3006 South Maryland Parkway, Suite 100, Las Vegas, NV 89019;

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  • Frank A. Vicini MD

    1. 21st Century Oncology/Michigan HealthCare Professionals, Farmington Hills, Michigan
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Acupuncture, an ancient medical therapy, might be the latest treatment for breast cancer–related lymphedema (BCRL). In this review, you will learn about diagnostic assessments, risk factors, complete decongestive therapy, and the potential role of acupuncture for BCRL.