LE Awareness: Before, During And After Breast Cancer Surgery

LymphLink July-September 1998, Volume 10, No. 3

Saskia R.J. Thiadens, R.N.

To be told by your doctor that you have breast cancer and need surgery right away is extremely traumatic. But, even more challenging is uncovering all of the do's and don'ts to follow before, during and after your surgery - before your arm starts to swell and you may be told that nothing can be done for you and that you just have to live with it. It is very likely that lymphedema possibly can be avoided if certain precautions are taken.