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Lymphedema

Head and Neck Lymphedema

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Cancer and its treatment can sometimes cause a type of swelling called lymphedema. Most often, lymphedema affects the arms and legs, particularly in patients treated for breast or genitourinary cancers, but it can occur in other parts of the body, including the head and neck.

The neck is the most common site of lymphedema in patients with head and neck cancer. However, lymphedema can also occur below the chin, in the face, and—less often—inside the mouth.

What is lymphedema?

Lymphedema is the...

Cancer and its treatment can sometimes cause a type of swelling called lymphedema. Most often, lymphedema affects the arms and legs, particularly in patients treated for breast or genitourinary cancers, but it can occur in other parts of...

Lower Extremity Lymphedema

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Listen to the Cancer.Net Podcast: Leg Swelling After Cancer Treatment, adapted from this content.

Lymphedema is commonly thought of as swelling of the arm that can occur after breast cancer treatment. However, this condition can affect both men and women who are treated for other types of cancer, as well. Besides the arm, lymphedema most often involves the lower extremity — the leg.

Lymphedema is swelling, caused by the buildup of lymph in the tissues. Lymph is the fluid that carries...

After Treatment for Breast Cancer: Preventing Lymphedema

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Listen to the Cancer.Net Podcast: After Breast Cancer: Preventing Lymphedema, adapted from this feature.

Lymphedema is an abnormal buildup of fluid (lymph) that causes swelling, usually in the arms and legs. Lymph is the fluid that carries immune cells (mostly lymphocytes) and proteins found in the blood throughout the body. It is similar to a "highway" for your immune system. Lymph nodes are tiny, bean-shaped organs that fight infection. They can be compared to "rest stops" for your...

Guide to Understanding Lymphedema

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Active Ingredient in Viagra Shrunk Disfiguring Growths in Kids

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WEDNESDAY, Jan. 25 (HealthDay News) -- A new preliminary report suggests that the active ingredient in Viagra, sildenafil, could reduce the size of large growths that can disfigure the bodies of children.

The findings could point to yet another use for the medicine, which was first developed as a heart medication until researchers noticed that it helped impotent men have erections. This time, researchers stumbled upon an alternate use while using a Viagra-like drug to treat a rare condition...