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Lymphedema And Breast Cancer In Women


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Lumpectomy and mastectomy breast surgery can cause a change in the way lymph fluid flows which can result in uncomfortable and possibly unsightly swelling (known as lymphedema). Radiation treatment can also cause lymphedema.

Lymphedema is a build-up of lymph fluid in the fatty tissues just under your skin. It usually develops slowly over time. The swelling can range from mild to severe. It can start soon after surgery or radiation treatment. It can also begin months or even many years later. 

There are ways that you can care for your arm and breast area to reduce your chances of getting lymphedema. Once lymphedema has started, it cannot be cured. After it goes away, it can come back. There are steps you can take to reduce symptoms and help keep it from getting worse.

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