The end of cancer treatment can be an exciting milestone in a patient’s recovery process, so any lingering health issues can be frustrating. A Baylor College of Medicine plastic surgeon discusses lymphedema, a disruption to the lymphatic system often caused by cancer surgery or treatment that leads to swelling, heaviness, increased infection risk and discomfort in the limbs, and the options to treat it.

“Lymphedema can be a constant reminder to a patient of their cancer journey and is a lifestyle-limiting health issue that persists long after they are past the treatment portion of their cancer care,” said Dr. Jessie Yu, assistant professor in the Division of Adult Plastic Surgery in the Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery at Baylor.

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