Are There Surgical Options for Breast Cancer–Related Lymphedema?
Severe cases of lymphedema may be treated with surgery.
By Elaine K. Howley, Contributor | Aug. 24, 2017
Treatment for breast cancer can bring many unintended and potentially unpleasant side effects. One of the more common side effects of surgery for breast cancer is lymphedema. If you’ve had a lumpectomy or mastectomy, your doctor may have also removed some lymph nodes from the axilla area, essentially the armpit. This is a standard means of checking whether the cancer has spread, and sentinel lymph node biopsies and axillary lymph node dissections are common procedures for breast cancer patients.
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