Lymphedema and Breast Cancer
Breast Cancer surgery often involves the removal of several axillary nodes as they may cntain cancer cells. The lymph cannot circulate effectively anymore and it may pool in the arm in the form of swelling, called lymphedema.
Roughly one third of breast cancer patients may develop Lymphedema. The most serious possible effect of this is the danger of infection which can be extremely serious. There is often a high degree of pain involved.
Some ways of treating lymphedema are: compression sleeves and gloves, lymphatic massage, swimming and exercise.
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