Lymphedema is a swelling in an arm or leg caused by a build up of fluid when the flow from lymph vessels is interrupted.

Lymph nodes in cancer patients may become damaged by radiation therapy, surgery or other treatment. They may also be surgically removed to check for spread of cancer.

The University of Virginia Cancer Center is committed to treatment and support of patients who develop lymphedema as a result of cancer treatment. Our Disease Specific Teams have experts specializing in treatment and prevention. The Cancer Center offers a Lymphedema Clinic to help with the special needs of breast cancer patients. In addition, we participate in clinical trials research designed to reduce the side effects of lymph node removal, including the occurrence of lymphedema in cancer patients.

Click here for some practical steps you can take to promote good lymph drainage.

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