lymphedema

  • ASk The Doctor: Lymphedema

    Luckily, there are several ways to relieve the painful arm and leg swelling caused by secondary, or acquired, lymphedema. This condition, which affects an estimated 3 million cancer survivors, occurs when lymph nodes are damaged or removed during surgery or radiation treatment causing lymph fluid to accumulate in the tissues.

    I’ve been suffering from lymphedema ever since my lumpectomy. What can I do to relieve the pain and swelling?
    By Susan Lark, MD