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Common Questions about Lymphedema Breast Cancer Patients are Asking

July 15, 2021

Women diagnosed with breast cancer naturally have many questions swirling around their minds. They’re thinking about treatment options, side effects, and ongoing care. They’re not thinking about lymphedema. This condition, in which fluid accumulates in the chest wall, the breast, or the arm, can develop due to a disruption in lymph drainage. Lymph is the […]

At What Stage of Lymphedema does Surgery Become Necessary?

June 15, 2021

Just beneath the skin is a vast network of lymph vessels. The lymph system is responsible for flushing toxins and waste products out of the body. Fluid travels through the lymph system and passes through various lymph nodes and vessels, where toxins are removed and the fluid receives necessary white blood cells. Lymphedema occurs when […]

4 Things To Know About Lymphedema

May 15, 2021

The completion of cancer treatment can feel like the end of a long and frightening journey. It should be, and can be for most people. In some cases, though, patients who have gone through a successful course of treatment for cancer develop a second condition, lymphedema. Here, we offer a few things that patients should […]

Why More Women are Choosing DIEP Flap Breast Reconstruction

April 15, 2021

Women who have undergone mastectomy with or without other cancer interventions have options for various reconstruction approaches. Dr. Patel, using microsurgery techniques, offers DIEP flap surgery. Flap surgeries are characterized by the use of a woman’s own tissue to rebuild a natural-looking breast mound. DIEP, deep inferior epigastric perforators flap surgery is a sophisticated procedure […]

Autologous Lymph Node Transfer Can Improve Quality of Life for Breast Cancer Patients

March 15, 2021

It is estimated that more than 2.5 million American women have been diagnosed with breast cancer. Many breast cancer cases require a combination of surgery, radiation, and/or chemotherapy. Each of these life-saving treatments has the potential to damage or eliminate lymph nodes, creating a susceptibility to upper extremity lymphedema. Even with the best standard of […]

Should I Have Migraine Surgery?

February 14, 2021

Headaches are a frustrating problem that affects millions of people regularly. The more severe or frequent headaches are, the worse their repercussions may be. This theory was demonstrated in a study found in the Journal of Headache and Pain, in which more than 11,000 people participated. The authors of the study concluded that: 87% of […]

Lymphorrhoea, What in the World is Happening?

January 15, 2021

We know that when we exercise or get hot, we may see or feel beads of sweat on the skin. Having the same sensation when at rest can feel alarming. If you have lymphedema, it could happen. It is called Lymphorrhoea, the leakage of high-protein lymph fluid onto the surface of the skin. Here, we […]

Your Holidays Don’t Have to be a Pain with These Headache Prevention Tips

December 15, 2020

Most people get at least a little busier during the holiday season. For the person who suffers from frequent migraines, this change of pace can be triggering. Migraines create sensitivities to any change in environment and routine. The increased activity and stress that come with the holidays could be a precursor to pain and other […]

Is it Edema or Lymphedema?

November 15, 2020

“My ankles are swollen after sitting at my desk all day.” “When I go for a long walk, my fingers get puffy.” “After breast cancer surgery, I started experiencing swelling in my arm.” “My leg got bigger after I had a malignant growth removed from my thigh.” These are not unusual complaints. If any of […]

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Dry Brushing: Is it an Answer to Lymphedema?

October 15, 2020

Dry brushing is a common Ayurvedic practice that has existed for centuries. It is believed to offer several benefits, from reducing cellulite to aiding in systemic detoxification. Because dry brushing has been linked to lymph drainage, some people wonder if it is a practice they should learn to help them manage the symptoms of lymphedema. […]

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