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Lymphedema: Managing Lymphedema

If you have had lymph nodes camera.gif 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 how to recognize infection and what you need to do every day to prevent it.
  • Learn how to exercise right to help the circulation in an arm or leg that is affected.
  • Learn how to protect an arm or leg that is affected.
  • Take good care of your skin and nails.

what.gif  What is lymphedema?
why.gif Why is daily management important?
how.gif How to manage lymphedema
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Other Works Consulted

  • National Cancer Institute (2010). Lymphedema PDQ: Treatment—Health Professional Version. Available online: http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/pdq/supportivecare/lymphedema/healthprofessional.

By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Douglas A. Stewart, MD - Medical Oncology
Last Revised June 28, 2011

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Last Updated: June 28, 2011
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