New PDF release: 100 Questions & Answers About Lymphedema

By Saskia R.J. Thiadens

It's envisioned that as many as four million americans be afflicted by basic or secondary lymphedema. in keeping with the yankee melanoma Society, of the 2 million breast melanoma survivors within the united states, nearly 400,000 needs to deal with lymphedema every day. a hundred Questions & solutions approximately Lymphedema offers solutions to the most typical questions from sufferers and relatives approximately lymphedema, a painful persistent swelling of the extremities, usually linked to melanoma therapy.

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However, when the nails and cuticles are cut, there is a risk that the skin may be damaged and potentially introduce bacteria into the tissue. We carry bacteria on our skin all the time, and our hands (and feet) are exposed to more bacteria than many other areas of our body. When we suffer a small cut from a cuticle tear, there is a risk that the normal bacteria we encounter with our hands may become harmful and introduce an infection into our tissue. As the body fights infection, inflammation occurs.

When you do locate a physician and attempt to make an appointment, it will be important to find out the following information: • Do they accept your insurance? • Do you need a referral from your primary physician? QXP 8/5/09 11:35 AM Page 51 100 QUESTIONS & ANSWERS ABOUT LYMPHEDEMA Do not be discouraged if they are not able to schedule you immediately. Remember that these specialists are quite few in the United States; therefore, their schedules may be very busy. The important thing is that you make contact and establish a relationship with a physician who can oversee the care of your condition.

When an SLNB is performed followed by radiation therapy, that risk reportedly doubles to approximately 16%. If an axillary lymph node dissection (ALND) is the surgery performed, the risk for lymphedema ranges from 12 to 17%; when radiation therapy is given in addition, the risk again doubles and is reported to be from 30 to 45%. Melanoma surgeries also carry a risk of developing lymphedema, with incidence rates ranging from 17 to 45%. Your risk of developing lymphedema is higher if you have had a greater number of lymph nodes removed, if you have had radiation therapy, and if you have gained weight since your initial treatment.

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