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World J Clin Oncol. Aug 10, 2015; 6(4): 43-44
Published online Aug 10, 2015. doi: 10.5306/wjco.v6.i4.43
Concise review on the safety of exercise on symptoms of lymphedema
Casie Morris, Karen Y Wonders
Casie Morris, Department of Exercise Science, Sinclair Community College, Dayton, OH 45435, United States
Casie Morris, Karen Y Wonders, Maple Tree Cancer Alliance, Dayton, OH 45404, United States
Karen Y Wonders, Department of Kinesiology and Health, Wright State University, Dayton, OH 45404, United States
Author contributions: Both authors contributed equally to this work; Morris C wrote the body of the manuscript; Wonders KY edited and added abstract, introduction, and conclusion wording.
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Correspondence to: Karen Y Wonders, PhD, FACSM, Professor, Department of Kinesiology and Health, Wright State University, 3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy, Dayton, OH 45404, United States.
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Received: May 12, 2015
Peer-review started: May 16, 2015
First decision: June 3, 2015
Revised: June 21, 2015
Accepted: June 30, 2015
Article in press: July 2, 2015
Published online: August 10, 2015
Core Tip

Core tip: Recent research lends credibility to the safety and efficacy of strength training in women with breast cancer-related lymphedema. Appropriately prescribed upper body resistance exercise, carried out under the supervision of a certified cancer exercise trainer is not likely to cause an increased risk of lymphedema or symptom exacerbation.