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Guide to Understanding Lymphedema

Learn risks, symptoms and treatments for breast cancer-related lymphedema

1st ed., 2011

Written By Robin Warshaw, Contributing Writer
Reviewed By Marcia Beck, APRN, BC, CLT-LANA, Jennifer R. Bellon, MD, Virginia F. Borges, MD, MMSc, Andrea L. Cheville, MD, MSCE, Joy Cohn, PT, CLT-LANA, Steven D. Passik, PhD, Sheila Ridner, PhD, RN, ACNP, Margaret Rinehart Ayres, PT, PhD, Evelyn Robles-Rodriguez, RN, MSN, NPC, AOCN, Dahlia Sataloff, MD, FACS & Kathryn Schmitz, PhD, MPH

Living Beyond Breast Cancer’s Guide to Understanding Lymphedema  will help you learn how this chronic side effect develops, what your risks are, signs to watch for and what to do should you develop breast cancer-related lymphedema. This brochure offers you information about:

  • Risk factors and ways to reduce your risk for lymphedema
  • Signs and symptoms of breast cancer-related lymphedema
  • How to find lymphedema professionals
  • Things that trigger lymphedema
  • Treatments like Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT), or manual lymphatic drainage (MLD)
  • Caring for lymphedema with compression garments and lifestyle changes
  • How lymphedema can impact your emotions
  • Paying for lymphedema care

This guide was written with help from a team of healthcare providers and women like you.

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