Lymphedema is abnormal swelling that can develop in the limbs or torso as a side effect of cancer surgery and/or radiation therapy. Lymphedema can appear in some people during the months or even years after treatment ends.
Lymphedema is most commonly caused by the removal of or damage to lymph nodes as a part of cancer treatment. It results from a blockage in lymphatic system. The blockage prevents lymph fluid from draining well, and the fluid buildup leads to swelling.
- Swelling of arm or leg, including fingers or toes
- A feeling of heaviness or tightness
- Restricted range of motion
- Aching or discomfort
- Recurring infections
- Hardening and thickening of the skin (fibrosis)
Lymphedema cannot be cured but it can be treated.
Complete Decongestive Therapy:-
- Arm stocking
- Manual Lymphatic
- Multi layer Bandaging
- Intermittent pneumatic compression therapy