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Monday, March 25th, 2019

 

Improving Arm Lymphedema after Breast Cancer Surgery

What is Lymphedema? For women who have undergone breast cancer surgery and/or radiation treatment, arm lymphedema is a possible complication that can occur after treatment.  This is a common problem, occurring in 7% of women undergoing sentinel lymph node biopsy and up to about 45% of women undergoing a traditional axillary node dissection. Post-surgical radiation therapy increases the likelihood of upper extremity lymphedema further. Lymphedema develops when the lymphatic fluid “backs up” in patients who have had lymph nodes removed, had cancer involvement of the lymph nodes, or had radiation toRead More