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

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Dr. Liawaty Ho
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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Dr. Barry Rosen
The incidence of lymphedema following sentinel lymph node biopsy alone is less than 5%. Nowadays, it is very rare to have to do a formal axillary dissection for breast cancer. However, as Dr. Ho points out, whole breast radiation may include the axilla and increase this rate.

In brief: Most definitely.

This is the most common side effect of lymphadenectomy.
But since it can be a life-saving procedure, we sometimes have to do it anyway.

In brief: Most definitely.

This is the most common side effect of lymphadenectomy.
But since it can be a life-saving procedure, we sometimes have to do it anyway.
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