Lymphedema is the abnormal buildup of fluid in soft tissue that happens when the lymphatic system is blocked. Certain types of cancer treatment can damage the lymphatic system and increase the chances of developing lymphedema. While people may be most familiar with lymphedema in the arm after breast cancer treatment, lymphedema can occur in other parts of the body after treatment for other cancers. For instance, some cancer treatment can lead to lymphedema in the legs, particularly treatment that targets the groin.
In this podcast, 2 lymphedema specialists from Mayo Clinic, Andrea Cheville, MD, and Jenny Bradt, PT, DPT, CLT-LANA, explain the basics of lymphedema and discuss important things to know about preventing and managing lymphedema in the legs.
Dr. Cheville is the Director of Cancer Rehabilitation and Lymphedema Services in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Mayo Clinic. Jenny Bradt is a LANA-Certified Lymphedema Therapist and Clinical Lead Physical Therapist in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Mayo Clinic.
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