Breast cancer surgery can have consequences, including a painful backup of lymph fluids in the arm or chest called lymphedema. Cudos to actress Kathy Bates for bringing awareness to the issue. If you are having surgery, get a pre-surgical assessment of your risk of lymphedema. Rehabilitation medicine experts advise these and other suggestions in the chapter of our book on post-mastectomy pain syndrome and lymphedema.
In preview of an interview to air on “Sunday Morning,” the Oscar-winning actress talks of her debilitating condition stemming from breast cancer surgery