The Use of Selenium to Treat Secondary Lymphedema - Breast Cancer
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The primary objective of this study to assess the effectiveness of selenium compared to placebo in reducing the lymphedema in-patients with breast cancer. Secondary objectives are to assess the impact of selenium on patient's quality of life and to assess the incidence of adverse effects of selenium therapy.
To assess the effectiveness of orally administered selenium compared to placebo in reducing arm lymphedema in patients treated with surgery (axiallary nodal dissection) and radiotherapy for breast cancer.
Secondary Outcome Measures :
To assess the toxicity of selenium.
To assess the association of selenium, quality of life and limb function.
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Ages Eligible for Study:
18 Years and older (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:
patients with clinically documented lymphedema of upper limb secondary to breast cancer management (surgery - axillary nodal dissection, and radiotherapy)
patients who have had other modalities of management can be included, e.g. physical therapy, pharmacological therapy
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active cellulitis/skin infection of the limb
venous thrombosis of the upper limbs
any other medical condition or congenital or traumatic injury involving either limb
patients already on selenium medication
patients participating in another clinical study related to lymphedema