Diagnosis of Upper Quadrant Lymphedema Secondary to Cancer: Clinical Practice Guideline From the Oncology Section of the American Physical Therapy Association

This is a clinical practice guideline for adult patients who have undergone cancer treatment, and are at risk for developing secondary upper quadrant lymphedema (SUQL). The guideline provides recommendations for the diagnosis of SUQL, using methods such as clinical examination and patient-reported symptom assessments, bioimpedance analysis, circumferential measurement, water displacement, and imaging techniques such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and computed tomography (CT). The primary outcomes of interest are decreases in both morbidity as well as activity and participation restrictions, and an increase in overall quality of life (QOL).