Women's Health

Breast Cancer Side Effects: Lymphedema

In rarer cases, surgery might be required

Other forms of treatment may include surgery and drainage of the excess fluid if there it has accumulated to a dangerous volume.

Laser therapy, elevation techniques, and other forms of compression will help keep the swelling down. Some patients benefit from renting or purchasing pneumatic pumps for at home treatment of lymphedema. These pumps can be quite expensive though, so renting one before purchase is recommended to see how well it works for you.