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Thank you for your comment Haralee. Anecdotally, I have heard many breast cancer survivors say they were not fully informed about lymphedema. Likewise, a 2000 study published in the Breast Journal, estimated that 77.5 percent of rural women were never told lymphedema was a possible side effect prior to their treatment. Many women living with lymphedema today may not know the swelling in their arms, hands, chest or breast is a direct side effect of their treatment and have not sought medical attention for it. Hopefully in the decade since this study was published, women are being better informed about their options and possible outcomes. It is encouraging that more attention is being payed to this terrible and debilitating condition in terms of education and research, and new microsurgery procedures may greatly reduce the number of women who must face dealing with it in the future.

June 14, 2010 - 10:29am


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