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...

Use of Hand Compression and Compression Sleeves in Lymphedema Management and Prevention

Controversy persists regarding the benefits of compression garments in preventing lymphedema. A key stumbling block is the possibility of triggering hand lymphedema when wearing a sleeve without a glove or gauntlet. Compression applied to the arm may reduce lymph flow from the hand. Even a normal lymphatic system works harder to drain lymph from the hand than other parts of the arm. This fact expl...

Exercise for Lymphedema

Those suffering from breast cancer related lymphedema (BCRL) should remain active by engaging in an exercise program. Research demonstrates that participation in the correct type of physical activity can enhance lymphatic flow, lower risk of cancer recurrence by keeping weight under control, and result in improved quality of life. What type of exercise is safe when suffering with lymphedema? “...