Breast Cancer and Lymphedema (cont.)
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What Can I Do if I Already Have Lymphedema?
To help decrease the risk of further swelling, continue following the recommendations for preventing lymphedema listed above. In addition:
What Is the Outlook for Lymphedema?
Lymphedema cannot be cured. However, with proper care and treatment, the affected limb can be restored to a normal size and shape. In addition, lymphedema can be treated and controlled so that it does not progress further.
If left untreated, lymphedema can lead to increased swelling and a hardening of the tissue, resulting in decreased function and mobility in the affected limb. It can also lead to chronic infections and other illnesses.
It is important to receive treatment promptly if you recognize symptoms of lymphedema.
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Reviewed by Arnold Wax, MD, on June 20, 2009
Last Editorial Review: 6/20/2009
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