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Lymphedema refers to swelling that can occur in any part of the body. While it typically affects just one arm or leg, sometimes both arms or both legs may be swollen. Lymphedema is caused by a blockage in your lymphatic system, an important part of your immune and circulatory systems. The blockage prevents lymph fluid from draining as needed, and as the fluid builds up, the swelling continues. Through a comprehensive treatment program, our team can help drastically reduce the pain caused by lymphedema. Treatment techniques can decrease the size of your affected body part so you can be more active and more comfortable.
Cancer treatment and the removal of lymph nodes is often a cause of Lymphedema and can occur shortly after surgery or take up to three years post-surgery. Radiation therapy is also a known cause, as is a blockage of the lymph nodes and or lymph vessels by the cancer. Lymphedema often occurs in breast cancer patients.
To help decrease the risk of further swelling, continue following the recommendations for preventing lymphedema listed above. In addition:
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