|About Gynecologic Cancer and Lymphedema|
|Andrea Branas, MSE, MPT, Andrea Cheville, MD, Lora Packel, M.S.P.T.|
|The Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania|
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What is Lymphedema?
Lymphedema is when fluid (lymph) collects and causes swelling (edema). It is rare to get lymphedema after gynecologic cancer treatment. If it does happen, it will be in the legs, abdomen or genitals. Surgery where lymph nodes are removed or radiation treatment close to lymph nodes puts you at risk for lymphedema.
Can I Prevent Lymphedema?
How Do I Know If I Have Lymphedema?
The following are symptoms of lymphedema. Please tell your doctor or nurse about:
Can you treat Lymphedema?
Yes! A person trained in lymphedema therapy can treat lymphedema. Therapy includes:
We can offer treatment to help lymphedema. Talk to your doctor or nurse about seeing a therapist.