Lymphedema Topic Guide
Lymphedema: Lymphedema is the swelling of one or more of the legs and arms caused by poor function of the lymphatic system. There are two classifications of lymphedema, primary and secondary. The most common cause of secondary lymphedema in the US is breast cancer treatment complications as well as other surgeries. Filariasis is the most common cause of lymphedema worldwide. There is no cure for lymphedema (with the exception of antibiotics for filariasis). Focus is geared toward the management of symptoms.
Lumpectomy Lumpectomy is surgery to remove a suspected malignant (cancerous) tumor, or lump, and surrounding tissue from a woman's breast. The size and location of the lump determine how much of the breast is removed. Lumpectomy replaced radical mastectomy to because it leaves the breast mostly intact. After surgery, radiation therapy or chemotherapy may be recommended.
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