Anything new about lymphedema?

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Question from Barbara: Anything new about lymphedema?
Answers - Carol Kaplan There was an abstract presented at San Antonio describing the results of a study intended to evaluate the risk of air travel and how it may relate to lymphedema. Although no definitive answer to the common patient question about whether air travel can increase their risk of lymphedema or worsen pre-existing lymphedema came from this abstract, it did demonstrate the fact that any lymphedema risk related to air travel would be minimal at most. I think it is important to note that it is common for a patient to ask breast cancer clinicians whether air travel will worsen their lymphedema, but I would caution patients against limiting their life experiences due to this concern at this time. Additionally, I would caution patients against the common use of lymphedema sleeves to prevent air travel-related lymphedema as an ill-fitting sleeve can, in fact, cause lymphedema itself or can contribute to the development of lymphedema.

The Ask-the-Expert Online Conference called Updates From the 2008 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium featured Ruth Oratz, M.D., F.A.C.P. and Carol Kaplan, M.D. answering your questions about the latest updates on breast cancer risk, screening techniques, treatment options, and more.

Editor's Note: This conference took place in December 2008.

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