Lymphedema

Posted: December 17, 2012 in Breast Cancer Lymphedema

One of the morbidities of the treatment of breast cancer is lymphedema, swelling of the arm.This problem is associated with obesity, mastectomy, dissection of the axilla [the arm pit], radiation of the axilla, and involvement of axillary lymph nodes with tumor.A recent study from the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center looked at whether reconstruction affected the rate of lymphedema.AThey found that mastectomy and reconstruction was associated with a lower rate of lymphedema than mastectomy alone, as well as a delayed onset of lymphedema

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