BaROQUE - Clinical trial • Breast Cancer Foundation NZ

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Updated: July 5, 2021

The purpose of this study is to see if a program of manual drainage and use of a compression bra can improve outcomes for breast cancer patients experiencing post-treatment oedema (accumulation of fluid under the skin).

It is hoped this research will demonstrate the program being tested can improve outcomes for patients with breast cancer treatment-related oedema.

Who is it for?

You may be eligible for this study if you are aged 18 or over, have completed radiotherapy for breast cancer in the last three years and are experiencing oedema in the breast.

Study details

Participants in this study will be randomised by chance (like flipping a coin) into two groups. One group will receive the intervention, which involves two one-hour sessions of manual drainage per week for three weeks, and wearing a compression bra for 12 hours a day for this period. The other group will be referred to a lymphoedema clinic for treatment and receive the compression bra after a three-week waiting period. 

As part of this study, all participants will have a number of scans (including MRI, mammogram and ultrasound) and answer some questionnaires about their symptoms.

Full trial information


Westmead Hospital, Sydney


Nicola Fearn

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