Debunking Lymphedema Risk-Reduction Behaviors: Risky Conclusions

A recent article in the Journal of Clinical Oncology by Ferguson et al.1 is being summarized, both in the NEJM Journal Watch and in the associated JCO editorial by Ahn and Port,2 as demonstrating and proving that iatrogenic trauma to the at-risk arm and flying without compression garments do not cause breast cancer-related lymphedema (BCRL), and clinical practice should be changed to reflect these...

Style Options for Upper Extremity Lymphedema

As a woman, shopping for clothing can sometimes be a daunting task. You find a dress, or a shirt that you like, you’re optimistic so you try it on but the fit is all sorts of wrong, so it’s back to sifting through the racks at the store or scrolling through page after page online, until you feel like giving up all together. Sound familiar? Let’s be honest, shopping is stressful! And that stress ca...

What You Didn’t Know About Compression Garments

Exam Question: A Class 1 (20-30 mmHg) compression sleeve gives a pressure of: A. 30 mmHg pressure distally and 20 mmHg proximally B. 20 mmHg distally and 30 mmHg proximally C. 20-30 mmHg somewhere along the garment D. 20 mmHg distally at the smallest circumference in the range listed for that point and 30 mmHg at the largest circumference How do graduated compression garments real...