Lymphedema can result after removal of lymph nodes under the arm (axillary area) during breast cancer surgery. This can occur after an axillary dissection or less frequently after a sentinel node biopsy. Most symptoms are mild and manageable. A small minority will have such swelling and discomfort that they benefit from lymphedema therapy by specially trained physical therapists. This problem is very under-diagnosed by physicians and patients. Early identification and treatment of lymphedema is very important in managing this problem.
Prince William Hospital has an active Lymphedema Program. Their certified lymphedema therapists offer comprehensive assessment, education and therapy for mild to severe lymphedema.
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