One of the often-overlooked side effects of breast cancer surgery and radiation treatment is lymphedema. Lymphedema is a condition in which extra lymph fluid builds up in tissues and causes swelling, usually in the arm and hand. There is no cure but it’s important that patients recognize the signs and get treatment as early as possible.
There are four stages, with treatment options ranging from compression garments, physiotherapy and exercise to different surgery methods including lymph node transfer and a technique called lymphovenous bypass.
A mastectomy involves removing the breast – a treatment route many patients with breast cancer feel they will have no choice but to undergo. But it’s not the only surgical option.
When Should You Consider a Mastectomy?
What is Nipple-Sparing Mastectomy?
Lumpectomy or Mastectomy?
Prophylactic Mastectomy For High-Risk Women
How to Choose a Surgeon – Does Volume Matter?
Hormone Therapy for Breast Cancer
What is Tamoxifen?
Hormone Therapies for Breast Cancer: Aromatase Inhibitor
Verzenio Is Significant-- Cuts The Risk of Cancer Coming Back In Some Women With Early Breast Cancer-- A First For CDK4/6 Inhibitors
What is Triple Negative Breast Cancer?
Treating Triple Negative Breast Cancer
Treatment for Early Stage Triple-Negative Breast Cancer
Treatment Sequence for Triple-Negative Breast Cancer
Treatment Options for Metastatic Triple Negative Breast Cancer
Treatment for HER2-Positive Breast Cancer
HER2-Positive Metastatic Breast Cancer Treatment Options
For patients who do have to have their breasts or a piece of their breasts removed, there are a number of surgical reconstruction options available.
Breast Reconstruction: Regaining Your Sense of Self
Implant Reconstruction After a Mastectomy: The Options
The Last Frontier: Restoring Sensation After Mastectomy
Breast Reconstruction: Implants vs. Your Own Tissue
Saline vs. Silicone Implants