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Lymphedema Workshop

Lymphedema is a common and debilitating problem in patients suffering from Breast Cancer. It affects 7-15% patients who undergo axillary lymph node clearance as a part of their cancer management.

Although it is usually mentioned as one of the side effects in the consent form, but very few patients are actually counseled regarding this dreaded problem. In our unit, we make sure that the patient is explained about this problem before they undergo surgery and we re-inforce these points after surgery as well.

To help out patients suffering from lymphedema, we organized a workshop, which was conducted by Ms. Mamta Goenka, who is an expert in lymphedema management. Her talks and demos were extremely beneficial for the patients and they ended up learning new exercises and facts about this problem. Ms. Goenka is soon going to post a video of her workshop on YouTube.

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2 thoughts on “Lymphedema Workshop

  1. Ah, lymphedema. I had triple negative BC, no tumour located but five lymph nodes full of cancer. I had one sentinel node removed for diagnosis, then 20 nodes excised during bilateral partial mastectomy. 25 rounds of radiation to four fields fried what lymph nodes were left. Two months after radiation ended, I developed LE. I am now bandaging to try and get the size down. It is a horrible side and/or late effect from breast cancer treatment. I wish there was more research on how to prevent the damage. Your unit is doing an excellent thing educating women about LE. Could you post the url of the video on YouTube if it’s been uploaded? I would love to see it.

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