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Lymphedema: Common Side Effect

Suzanne M. Mahon
Ellen Carr
CJON 2021, 25(6), 29 DOI: 10.1188/21.CJON.S2.29

Lymphedema is the accumulation of lymph fluid that obstructs the flow of the lymphatic system, causing persistent swelling of the affected body part. Lymphedema is most commonly seen after lymph node dissection or radiation therapy. It occurs in 10%–40% of patients with breast cancer and 80% of patients with lymph node dissection in the groin.

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