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Evaluation of a novel method to measure arm volume in women with lymphedema following breast cancer treatment

Research project Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer today, affecting above all women. It is usually treated with any part or the entire breast is removed in combination with radiotherapy. After treatment, the patient may have problems with arm swelling.

The development of 3D cameras have been rapid in recent years. A new system, based on this technology, is designed for health care, with the aim to objectively determine a patient's body volume. The system can be adapted for different body segments, but in this project designed for monitoring of patients who have problems with arm swelling, in this case breast cancer patients undergoing treatment. Clinically measured circumference and volume with tape measure in the evaluation of treatment and at the request of compression stockings. The inaccuracy is big mainly in patients with significant edema. Therefore, there is a need for an objective method for measuring the above parameters.

Head of project

Fredrik Öhberg
Adjunct associate professor

Project overview

Project period:

2013-06-01 2014-07-01

Participating departments and units at Umeå University

Department of Radiation Sciences

Research area

Cancer, Medical technology