Risk of Lymphedema with TAH/BSO & Lymphadenectomy

Last Modified: July 18, 2008

Share article


Dear OncoLink "Ask The Experts,"

What is the risk of lymphedema following a complete lymphadenectomy accompanying TAH BSO? How well documented, prospectively, is the occurrence of lymphedema in this patient population?


Christina S. Chu, MD, Assistant Professor of the Division of Gynecologic Oncology at the University of Pennsylvania Health System, responds:

The incidence of lymphedema following pelvic lymph node sampling and hysterectomy for treatment of endometrial cancer varies from about 2% to 11%, according to retrospective studies. The incidence likely varies depending on how much lymphatic tissue was removed.

See this previous question about lower extremity lymphedema.

Frequent Heartburn Linked to Cancer of Pharynx and Larynx

May 24, 2013 - Frequent heartburn is associated with a higher risk of cancers of the pharynx and larynx, which may be reduced by the use of antacids, according to a study published online May 23 in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention.

I Wish You Knew

How cancer patients have changed my life

View More

Blogs and Web Chats

OncoLink Blogs give our readers a chance to react to and comment on key cancer news topics and provides a forum for OncoLink Experts and readers to share opinions and learn from each other.

OncoLink OncoPilot

Facing a new cancer diagnosis or changing the course of your current treatment? Let our cancer nurses help you through!

Learn More