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.
Lymphedema. There are now new surgical treatments for lymphedema. These was recently discussed at the first international symposium on surgery for lymphedema. Patients who have have mastectomy and no reconstruction can be treated with a diep flap and vascular oozed lymph mode transfer at the same time. In addition a fluorescent lymphatic mapping can be done to identify lymphatic obstruction. Contact us.
Can be good. Most lymphedema can be improved with physical therapy/compression. There is a new technique of lymph node transfer that can dramatically improve certain cases. It is microsurgical transfer of nodes to a draining basin to improve symptoms and hopefully grow more channels. Call 321-841-7090 as the institute of microsurgery at orlando health now offers this!

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Why does lymphedema occur in some women after breast cancer?

Extensive. Nodal sampling + axillary radiation are most prone, but either can do this alone, and sometimes it happens without either.
Armpit Dissection. Surgery for breast cancer requires checking the lymph nodes in the armpit for cancer. Dissection of the lymph nodes interrupts the lymph channels. The more interrupted the channels get, the more chance for lymphedema.
Lymph node dissectio. The removal of lymph nodes from the axilla will cause blockage of lymphatic flow and accumulation of lymph in the arms causing lymphedema.
Fluid build up. After the lynph channels are injured causes this problem. It is a byproduct of the node removal. The lymph channels carry fluid that leaks from blood vessels back to the heart. When injured by surgery or radiation they don't grow back. The fluid has more difficult path to return, and swelling can occur. The more of them are injured the more the chance of swelling.
Several variables. 1) type of surgery 2) sentinel node or full axillary node dissection. 3) radiation therapy used. Hope this helps.
Lymphedema. Surgery is the most common reason for lymphedema in the us. It happens in breast cancer patients do to removal of lymphatic tissue and scarring in that area. Other contributory factors are problems with lymphatic flow that are unique to that person but are highlighted when surgery is performed and disturbs the tissues around the lymphatics or removes them completely.

My lymph node under my right armpit is swollen, painful, yet mobile. I just returned from Costa Rica yesterday and have open cuts, an infected scrape, and a mother with breast cancer/lymphedema. Should I be worried about infection with no fever?

Yes. You don't need to have fever with infection, the other signs of infection are present. You want to see your doctor for examination and Rx medications, as for family history of breast cancer, that's irrelevant at the moment, best wishes.

Is there a cure yet for secondary lymphadema after breast cancer. I am stage 2 now.

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.
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.
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.

Breast cancer, lymphadema, ovarian cysts, fibroid, atrophic kidney, gallbladder polyps, diverticula, appendicitis, osteoprosis, ddd are they connected?

Muliple issues. I would suggest that you seek a comprehensive medical evalaution: some GI symptoms may be related; however breast cance, ovarian cysts, kidney diease are all separate issues. Get yourself in the hands of an expert or experts-ASAP.

B feeding for 16 months and am down to 1xday. Been having weird sensation on rt breast lately now worried about breast cancer. Age 44, clear u/s?

Keep checking. The patient may sense, or feel something before we do! If ultrasound negative that is a good sign for no cysts or large mass. Some congestion and pressure can occur with weaning. Talk to your OB or lactation person.
Need for examination. It is not feasible to provide a meaningful opinion without examining you and your symptoms warrant evaluation by a physician.

How’s an aromatase inhibitor used for breast cancer?

It is an anti- Estrogen used in women after menopause, with tumors that have an estrogen receptor. It is not useful if eh ovaries are generating scads of estrogen. And tumors without er do not respond to estrogen maneuvers. It also may be useful as a preventive in older women with in situ cancers, but tamoxifen is standard.
Hormonal therapy. Aromatase inhibitors are a form of hormonal therapy for post menopausal patients. They are effective only in er+ cases. They block the conversion of other hormones to estrogen via the enzyme aromatase. In premenopausal patients they actually stimulate the ovaries to increase estrogen production. Hormonal therapy is systemic treatment, reduces local recurrence, and reduces risk of 2nd primaries.

What are the rates of prostate cancer and breast cancer in the U.S.?

Cancer rates. The chance of developing an invasive breast cancer during a woman's lifetime is 1 in 8. The chance of developing prostate cancer is about 1 out of every 7 men. About 80% of men over 80 years hold have prostate cancer.