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Lymphedema a Health Threat to Post-Cancer Patients

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Lymphedema a Health Threat to Post-Cancer Patients

  1. 1. Lymphedema a Health Threat to Post-Cancer Patients Guy Hingston
  2. 2. Lymphedema a Health Threat to Post-Cancer Patients A surgeon specializing in breast reduction, Guy Hingston also has significant experience with breast cancer surgery. Dr. Hingston is a foundation member of BreastSurgANZ, a group of practitioners serving Australia and New Zealand.
  3. 3. Lymphedema a Health Threat to Post-Cancer Patients BreastSurgANZ is publicizing a disease that often strikes after cancer surgery: lymphedema. This is a disease of the lymphatic system that produces painful swelling in the arms, legs, chest, genitals, and head. Primary lymphedema is genetically based and generally occurs after puberty, while secondary lymphedema strikes after injuries, infections, or cancer.
  4. 4. Lymphedema a Health Threat to Post-Cancer Patients Australian experts report that lymphedema occurs as a side effect after breast cancer in about 20 to 25 percent of women undergoing treatment. Five to seven percent of those women will experience severe symptoms. Symptoms of lymphedema include swelling, loss of mobility, pain, and skin infections in the stricken limb. Persons who have had radiation therapy may have to take precautions against lymphedema for as long as they live.

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