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An explorative study on feasibility of lymphedema self-monitoring after breast cancer

Hoekstra, Xander (2023) An explorative study on feasibility of lymphedema self-monitoring after breast cancer.

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Abstract:This study aims to identify the feasibility of LE self-monitoring after breast cancer treatment. Currently, lymphedema is a frequent side effect of breast cancer. With the increase of breast cancer survivors due to better diagnosis and earlier treatment, the amount of lymphedema cases is on the rise. Lymphedema is currently often diagnosed in a later stadium, increasing the severity of the condition and decreasing the quality of life. If lymphedema can be diagnosed earlier in breast cancer patients, treatment can be started earlier and the severity of symptoms and effects will be as minimal as possible, reducing the quality of life less. Due to the lack of existing literature regarding LE self-monitoring, the method of studying is explorative. By using a literature quick scan and combining this with interviews held with a patient, expert, and employee, the NASSS framework used in this study can be elaborated. Within the NASSS framework, domains regarding the condition, technology, value, adopters, organization, embedding and the wider system are looked upon. After each NASSS framework domain a SWOT-Analysis has been done as well as recommendations that are given for successful implementation. Once recommendations are followed, a successful implementation is feasible.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:TNW: Science and Technology
Subject:01 general works, 42 biology, 44 medicine
Programme:Health Sciences BSc (56553)
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