Mayo Clinic Minute: Lymphedema risk is not just about surgery

Many women diagnosed with breast cancer have surgery as part of their treatment. Removing lymph nodes along with breast tissue increases the risk of lymphedema, or swelling of the arm. Dr. Judy Boughey, a Mayo Clinic surgeon, says surgery is not the only cause of lymphedema. Journalists: Broadcast-quality video pkg (1:00) is in the downloads. Read the script. When breast cancer patients face surgery to remove the cancer and associated lymph nodes, many worry about the risk of lymphedema. Dr. Boughey says, “Lymph nodes in your armpit drain both the cancer cells from the breast, but they also drain your...

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