Developing Lymphedema After Breast Cancer: Do You Know Your Chances?

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When going through breast cancer surgery and treatment, patients face the risk of eventually developing lymphedema. Lymphedema is caused by the removal of or damage to lymph nodes, which can result in a blockage in the lymphatic system. Because lymph nodes are unable to drain properly, this can lead to swollen limbs. Sometimes the condition can take months to years to appear after your breast cancer treatment.

In the following video, Dr. Julie Billar discusses the odds of developing lymphedema based on particular treatments and surgeries. Watch the video to learn more.

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C. Kramer is back in the Mitten State after a brief residency in the Sunshine State. She has an adorable dog-child, and enjoys reading, writing, going to the theatre, and finding pins on Pinterest. Her mother is a breast cancer survivor.