Lymphedema awareness and prevention

Our book will look at an under-recognized problem of lymphedema, painful arm and chest swelling after breast surgery. We interviewed a woman this week who developed lymphedema four years after her double mastectomy and reconstruction. Her doctors told her it likely came from a recent, extensive overseas travel trip. She wants other women to know more about the problem and how to prevent it. In Houston, plastic surgeons at M.D. Anderson have developed methods to resolve or eliminate lymphedema when caught early. Here’s a good video on their approach.


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