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If you have had
lymph nodes removed or have had
radiation as part of cancer treatment, you can take
steps to avoid
lymphedema. If you already have lymphedema, you can
take steps to keep it from getting worse.
Learn to recognize symptoms of lymphedema so that you can get treatment right away. Symptoms include:
Do all you can to help keep the lymph fluid moving so that it doesn't collect in your arm or leg.
Do all you can to protect your arm or leg from injury and infection.
Other Works Consulted
National Cancer Institute (2011). Lymphedema PDQ—Health Professional Version. Available online: http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/pdq/supportivecare/lymphedema/healthprofessional.
June 28, 2013
Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
& Douglas A. Stewart, MD - Medical Oncology
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