If you have had
lymph nodes removed or have had
radiation as part of cancer treatment, you can take
steps to avoid
lymphedema. If you already have lymphedema, you can
take steps to keep it from getting worse.
Learn to recognize symptoms of lymphedema so that you can get treatment right away. Symptoms include:
Do all you can to help keep the lymph fluid moving so that it doesn't collect in your arm or leg.
Do all you can to protect your arm or leg from injury and infection.
Other Works ConsultedNational Cancer Institute (2011). Lymphedema PDQ-Health Professional Version. Available online: http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/pdq/supportivecare/lymphedema/healthprofessional.
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerSarah Marshall, MD - Family MedicineKathleen Romito, MD - Family MedicineE. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerWendy Y. Chen, MD, MPH, MD, MPH - Medical Oncology, HematologyAdam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
Current as ofMay 3, 2017
Current as of:
May 3, 2017
Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Wendy Y. Chen, MD, MPH, MD, MPH - Medical Oncology, Hematology & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
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