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...

Ready-Made Versus Custom Compression Sleeves

There are three factors to discuss when making a decision to use or recommend a ready-made arm sleeve versus a custom arm sleeve. LympheDIVAs likes to call these factors the three “Cs”: Compression, Compliance, and Cost. However, before the three C’s are reviewed, a common misconception about garment manufacturing needs to be addressed.Compression garments are manufactured using either a flat-knit...

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...