Lymphedema After Breast Cancer

Posted at: 02/04/2013 12:11 PM
By: Joan Lucas

Lymphedema After Breast Cancer

Lymphedema, a swelling that occurs in the arm, breast, or chest area after breast cancer treatment, often occurs after lymph node removal. Attached to those lymph nodes are networks of tiny lymph vessels that extend throughout the body and carry a watery fluid called lymph. When several lymph nodes and their lymph vessels are removed, the fluid has no place to go and can result in swelling.

Here’s what can help:


The Lovelace Women’s Hospital Breast Care Center is New Mexico’s only breast care center accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers for providing the highest level of quality care to its patients. Our team of breast health professionals will help you assess your risk of developing breast cancer, guide you through mammograms and clinical exams and teach you the proper method of breast self-examination. We also offer counseling, education and support programs.

For more information or to schedule a clinical breast exam or mammogram, call 505.727.6900 or visit our website.