Most women who have lymph nodes removed, or who have radiotherapy to the lymph nodes, will not develop lymphoedema.It’s not possible to predict who will develop lymphoedema after breast cancer treatment. However, there are things that a woman can do that may help to reduce the risk.
- Use the affected arm as normally as possible.
- We don’t yet know whether procedures like blood samples, injections, intravenous drips or blood pressure monitoring increase the risk of lymphoedema. Therefore, as a precaution, use the unaffected arm for these procedures whenever possible.
- It’s also important for women to know the early signs of lymphoedema, so that they can discuss them with a health professional.
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