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What is the best treatment /care for weeping leg lymphedema following cancer treatment?

What is the best treatment /care for weeping leg lymphedema following cancer treatment?

See phlebologist: Secondary lymphedema due to groin dissection, radiation to the pelvis can be evaluated by a phlebologist. Evaluation of the venous system in the legs may be contributing to the swelling/weeping, and fixing this may help. Lymphedema therapist in physical therapy dept can help you. Check out www.Phlebology.Org to find phlebologist for evaluation. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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What's the outlook for lymphedema from breast cancer?

What's the outlook for lymphedema from breast cancer?

Good : Get good rehab and wear your sleeve. It should improve and get better over time. www.drlugo.com. ...Read more

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Do all patients get lymphedema from having lymphnodes removed when cancer spreads?

Do all patients get lymphedema from having lymphnodes removed when cancer spreads?

20-25%: Not everybody who underwent procedure to remove lymph node would have lymphedema. The incidence of lymphedema is around 20-25%. However, the incidence would be higher when more lymph nodes were removed and when the patient also received radiation therapy to the affected area. ...Read more

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Can you let me know how many patients get lymphedema from having lymphnodes removed when cancer spread?

Can you let me know how many patients get lymphedema from having lymphnodes removed when cancer spread?

Less-and-Less Now: Lymphedema secondary to breast cancer surgery is more related to the number of lymph nodes removed +/- radiation to the armpit rather than the presence or absence of cancer within the nodes. When a traditional axillary dissection is performed, the risk is app. 25%. This rate is <5% if only a few nodes are removed, as we often do with sentinel lymph node biopsy. ...Read more

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Why does lymphedema occur in some women after breast cancer?

Why does lymphedema occur in some women after breast cancer?

Several variables: 1) type of surgery 2) sentinel node or full axillary node dissection. 3) radiation therapy used. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Does lymphedema mean you have liver damage, high blood pressure, cancer of lymphs, or hypertension?

No: Lymph edema means you have swelling of an arm or leg due to some obstruction of the lymphatic system. Prior surgery and trauma can damage the lymphatics and cause lymphedema. ...Read more

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Had total hyst 10/11 stage 2 cervical cancer found. Pelvic lymph nds remved 12/11; clear since.Dont feel well yet.Tired/ache/pain. Lymphedema mild too?

Had total hyst 10/11 stage 2 cervical cancer found. Pelvic lymph nds remved 12/11; clear since.Dont feel well yet.Tired/ache/pain. Lymphedema mild too?

S/P Cervical CA Surg: Being that you are newly 18 months out from your surgery, the fatigue and pain is worrisome. Lymph edema may persist for many months or never completely go away. What was the status of the lymph nodes? All negative for cancer? I would follow up with your gynecologist and tratment team - you shouldn't be this tired and achy this far out. ...Read more

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If woman has lymphedema (first time ever) caused by breast cancer (15 yrs ago), can lump on breast be swollen lymph node or is cancer more likely?

If woman has lymphedema (first time ever) caused by breast cancer (15 yrs ago), can lump on breast be swollen lymph node or is cancer more likely?

Not lymph node: There really are no lymph nodes in breast tissue. Bumps in the breast could be from cystic nodule or another breast cancer. I would recommend seeing your doctor to evaluate your axillary lymph nodes with respect to the lymphedema. ...Read more

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Diagnosed with shingles 5 days ago; have lymphedema on 1 arm from removal of 30 breast cancer involved lymph nodes - what if shingles spreads to arm?

Diagnosed with shingles 5 days ago; have lymphedema on 1 arm from removal of 30 breast cancer involved lymph nodes - what if shingles spreads to arm?

Secondary infection: Good news is that shingles always follows set patterns. The outbreaks follow the course of a sensory nerve. So, if the outbreak isn't now near the arm, it is very unlikely that it will go there. You can search online for shingles dermatomes to see the patterns. If it does make it to your arm, secondary infection is your biggest concern. Be careful the blisters do not pop and become infected. ...Read more

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Lymphedema after 6 years post bilat mastectomy with cervical node swelling breast MRI showed no cancer what can cause sudden lymphedema?

SImple blockage: The lymphatic system is a very fragile series of tubes that carry the lymph. Anything that impacts on these tubes can cause slowing up or complete stoppage of the lymphatics. Unfortunately, there is no timing as to the onset nor any real prevention especially in light of the history you provided. The key is to get to a lymphedema physician and certified therapist and get treated right away. ...Read more

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Dr. Ted King
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Lymphedema (Definition)

Lymphedema is a medical condition in which the tiny amount fluid and protein that normally seeps out of blood vessels as it flows by cells cannot be returned to the blood vessels due to abnormalities in the lymph system, or the collecting ducts ...Read more