What are the symptoms of lymphedema of the breast and affected arm? I had breast cancer seven years ago, and now I'm having swelling in the same side arm and breast. Sometimes a little twinge in the right arm pit.
Is this from the lymphedema, and if so, what is the treatment for this?
Lymphedema occurs in about 15 to 30% of patients following breast cancer treatment, and usually presents with swelling of the arm/hand on the same side as the breast cancer. Some women also complain of a heavy, "aching" sensation of the affected limb.
Pain or tingling in the upper-inner arm, and sometimes in the armpit area too, often results from the surgical removal (or injury) of the sensory nerves within the armpit area where the axillary lymph nodes are removed.
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