A 52-year-old female asked:
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is there a cure yet for secondary lymphadema after breast cancer. i am stage 2 now.

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Dr. Dwain Rickertsen
36 years experience Family Medicine
Family practice : If you had a mastectomy they probably removed the lymph nodes to determine spread. In doing so the drainage system is disrupted. You will develop edema and swelling more easily. I don't know of any cure however.
Answered on Oct 4, 2016
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Dr. Sabha Ganai
20 years experience Surgical Oncology
Can improve: Lymphedema can be seen after both node dissection and sentinel node biopsy and having a mastectomy or lumpectomy doesn't make a difference. Ways to improve this includes (1) compression sleeves, (2) arm exercises / physical therapy, and (3) weight reduction if overweight or obese. Would recommend going to a lymphedema clinic if there is one in your area.
Answered on Jun 11, 2013
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Dr. Robert Whitfield
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
Breast cancer: We just performed a combination or procedure this past week for a breast cancer survivor. We performed a total breast reconstruction with a diep flap with vascularized lymph node transfer as well as lymphatic mapping and lymphatic surgery on the effected arm to improve her lymphedema. Contact us information.
Answered on May 18, 2013

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