When you hear you need breast cancer treatment, your immediate concern is likely getting the best therapyinfo-icon. Your healthcare providers are focused on that same goal. What might be overlooked is a discussion about a side effectinfo-icon of cancer treatment that affects some people with breast cancer, a conditioninfo-icon called lymphedemainfo-icon.

Lymphedema can occur any time after treatment — even many years later. In breast cancer, it usually develops under the skin of your hand, arm, breast or torso, on the same side as the cancer. As fluid builds up and the area swells, it can cause pain, reduced movement, serious infections, emotional upset and reduced quality of lifeinfo-icon.

Look below for more information from LBBC about lymphedema.