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

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 …

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Is it Edema or Lymphedema?

“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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Common Questions about Lymphedema

As a lymphedema specialist, Dr. Patel treats a wide variety of cases daily and fields many questions. Here, we answer a few to help you better understand this condition. Information is the most empowering tool that people with lymphedema may utilize to manage their well-being. If you have questions that are not answered here, please …

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How to Manage Lymphedema of the Leg

The various activities that people perform do not necessarily cause lymphedema, but they can exacerbate uncomfortable symptoms. If you have undergone medical therapy such as lymph node radiation or excision or are at high risk for lymphedema due to other contributing factors, you want to know how to manage health and wellness as it relates …

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Is Lymphedema Surgery Safe?

Lymphedema can present ongoing concerns for a person. In many cases, surgery eventually becomes an option to explore. Modern lymphedema procedures are generally considered very safe, whereas surgical techniques of the past were relatively unsuccessful and risky. This is because older procedures were ablative, meaning that they removed large amounts of skin and deep tissue. …

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