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...

Prognostic and Therapeutic Uncertainty in Lymphedema

The recent Lymphatic Research Symposium with Dr. Babak Mehrara brought to light a very difficult subject for both clinicians and patients: how to address the potential risks regarding onset and management of lymphedema. It is my belief that the answers aren’t as clear and simple as presented, and the data supporting various risk factors can be found on either side of the fence. Without strong Leve...

Lymphedema Risk During Air Travel

If you have had lymph node surgery such as an axillary lymph node dissection (ALND) or sentinel lymph node biopsy (SLNB) and/or radiation therapy as a part of your breast cancer treatment then you are at risk for breast cancer related lymphedema (BCRL). According to the National Cancer Institute, as many as 56% of women who undergo breast cancer surgery develop lymphedema within two years post-s...