Lymphedema can be caused by surgery or radiation therapy in certain parts of the body. It can be a long-term problem, but there are ways to manage it. There are also things you can do to try to prevent it. You can learn more about lymphedema here.
Lymphedema is a build-up of lymph fluid in the fatty tissues just under your skin. This build-up causes swelling (or edema), most often in the arms or legs. Lymphedema can result from surgery or radiation therapy to treat certain cancers. Go here to learn more about lymphedema.
Women who have been treated for breast cancer may be at risk for lymphedema in the arm, breast, and chest. Here we talk about what lymphedema is, the steps you can take to lower your risk, and what signs you can look for.