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...

Guidelines for Reducing the Risk of Lymphedema for Those Who Have Had Breast Cancer Treatment​

Avoid Infection (Cellulitis) Exercise caution when having blood drawn or shots given on the affected arm(s). A recent study has not found a connection between an increase in swelling and needle-stick use. However, there is an increased risk of cellulitis with the use of needle-sticks[1]. It is best to speak with your doctor, nurse or lymphedema therapist about the risk of needle-stick u...