Last Modified: February 2, 2003
Dear OncoLink "Ask The Experts,"
Two years ago I had a masectomy and a sentinal node biopsy which removed 7 lymph nodes. I am planning a trip in a few months and will be on a plane for 20 hours. Does this trip increase my chances of lyphedema? Are there any precautions I should take?
Lora Packel MS, PT, Coordinator of Cancer Therapy Services for the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, responds:
There is scant literature to determine the actual risk of developing lymphedema during extended air travel. It may be of benefit to meet with a lymphedema specialist to discuss a compression sleeve since your travel is > 20 hours.
Other recommendations to follow during air travel:
When you reach your destination:
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