When you hear you need breast cancer treatment, your immediate concern is likely getting the best therapy. Your healthcare providers are focused on that same goal. What might be overlooked is a discussion about a side effect of cancer treatment that affects some people with breast cancer, a condition called lymphedema.
Lymphedema can occur any time after treatment — even many years later. In breast cancer, it usually develops under the skin of your hand, arm, breast or torso, on the same side as the cancer. As fluid builds up and the area swells, it can cause pain, reduced movement, serious infections, emotional upset and reduced quality of life.
Look below for more information from LBBC about lymphedema.