Fighting Lymphedema Through Surveillance and Early Intervention 

By Jamie Wagner, DO
October 31, 2019

Many breast cancer patients have a lifelong risk of developing lymphedema, which is a buildup of fluid in soft body tissues that causes painful swelling.

Lymphedema occurs when lymph nodes are surgically removed, much like intersections being closed during construction. When this happens, fluid can’t move through the body and out because lymph system pathways are gone. If alternate routes can’t be found, then fluid backs up and the arm begins to swell. Patients who have had breast surgery, lymph node removal or radiation are at highest risk for lymphedema, which can cause an arm to swell up to 4 times its normal size.

Click here to read the full article from KU Cancer Center.