NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology (NCCN Guidelines®) for Survivorship

Cure: Prompt Lymphedema Detection, Intervention Can Minimize Long-Term Risks

Lymphedema — which is caused by a disruption in the drainage of lymphatic fluid, and can occur after cancer surgery — can affect patients’ quality of life. If left untreated, could also increase patients’ risk for infections and lead to an increase in medical costs, explained Dr. Steven Chen. However, there are measures that catch and treat lymphedema early, leading to better outcomes and quality of life. “Early detection, prevention, and effective management are crucial in reducing the risk of (breast cancer-related lymphedema) becoming a chronic condition,” Chen, a breast surgeon and chief medical officer at ImpediMed said in an interview with CURE®.

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