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The Lymphedema Issues Module
Ernest H. Rosenbaum, MD, Sabrina S. Selim, MD, Francine Manuel, RTP, Cheryl Ewing, MD, Gary Abrams, MD, Alexandra Andrews, Robert A. Wascher, MD, FACS, Stanley G. Rockson, MD, Andrzej Szuba, MD, PhD, and John P. Cooke, MD, PhD
Lymphedema is a swelling caused by a buildup of lymph in the soft tissues of the limbs, because of damage to the lymphatic system. Lymphedema is most often seen after surgical or radiation therapy for breast, prostate, lung, liver, ovarian, lymphomas, cervical, melanoma, and testicular cancers. Living with lymphedema is challenging on a variety of psychological levels. Secondary side effects are production of fluid into the abdomen - ascites - pain, problems using a computer.
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