Lymphedema: Understanding and Managing Lymphedema After Cancer Treatment
The tens of millions of people worldwide who have had cancer treatment may be at risk for lymphedema, a buildup of fluid that results in swelling of ... Show synopsis The tens of millions of people worldwide who have had cancer treatment may be at risk for lymphedema, a buildup of fluid that results in swelling of the arm or leg and other potential complications. Anyone who has undergone the surgical removal of lymph nodes or other surgery or radiation that affects the lymph nodes or lymph vessels may develop this lifelong condition. Unfortunately, many people do not know they are at risk. To shed light on this often-misunderstood and overlooked condition, the experts at the American Cancer Society have created an up-to-date, comprehensive guide to every aspect of lymphedema, including: who may develop the condition, precautions that may reduce risk, and common symptoms; how to cope with potential physical and emotional challenges such as swelling and skin changes, altered body image, and changes in daily activities; treatment and management recommendations, including monitoring and self-care; and practical issues such as finding a lymphedema therapist, work-related concerns, and treatment costs.