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Colin J. Carati, Sandy N. Anderson, Bren J. Gannon and Neil B. Piller Treatment of postmastectomy lymphedema with low-level laser therapy Cancer 98

Article first published online: 1 AUG 2003 | DOI: 10.1002/cncr.11641

The current study describes the results of a double blind, placebo-controlled, randomized, single crossover trial of the treatment of patients with postmastectomy lymphedema, using low-level laser therapy. Two cycles of laser treatment were found to significantly reduce affected limb volume, extracellular fluid, and tissue hardness in approximately 33% of participants 3 months after treatment. This result was significantly better than that achieved with one cycle of treatment, which was found to be no better than placebo.

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