Reducing Risk Of Lymphedema?

Last Modified: June 29, 2011

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Can I prevent lymphedema after breast cancer treatment with complementary therapies?

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Andrea Richtel-Branas, MSE, MPT, Lead Therapist, Good Shepherd Penn Partners, responds:

The best way to prevent lymphedema is to minimize your risk for getting lymphedema. Minimizing your risk involves good skin care, avoiding limb constriction, activity modification, avoiding temperature extremes and wearing well fitting compression garments (if you need them). The National Lymphedema Network has more information on reducing your risk.

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