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BY Cynthia DeMarco

Lymphedema is a side effect of cancer treatment that can cause swelling in the arms and legs. It happens when lymphatic fluid doesn’t drain properly from the limbs. That may be because nearby lymph nodes were removed to look for the spread of cancer or the lymphatic system itself was damaged during radiation therapy or other cancer treatments. 

To learn more about the surgical options that can help relieve lymphedema, we talked...

Medical illustration of swollen arm due to backup of lymphatic fluid in vessels

BY Cynthia DeMarco

Breast cancer remains one of the two most-common types of cancer in the world, according to the World Health Organization. It’s the fifth-leading...

BY Kellie Bramlet Blackburn

Lymphedema is a common cancer treatment side effect that can cause swelling in a patient’s arm or leg. It may lead to discomfort, pain and...

BY Kellie Bramlet Blackburn and Craig Carson

On Oct. 28, Mary Lindimore crossed the finish line of the IRONMAN Waco 70.3 triathlon. Alongside her was Cheryl Pfennig, the MD Anderson advanced practice registered nurse who helped her get there. Both participants biked 56 miles and ran 13.1 miles during the race. The swim portion was cancelled due to bad weather.

“I was nervous about the race, but excited to cheer Mary on,” Pfennig says. “She’s been a big inspiration to me....

Breast cancer survivor Mary Lindimore

BY Terry Arnold

Maybe I’m a late bloomer. After being diagnosed with triple-negative inflammatory breast cancer (IBC) in August 2007, I had a double mastectomy...

BY Mena El-Sharkawi

Veronika Fitzgerald is still amazed by the events that led up to her papillary thyroid cancer diagnosis.

In the fall of 2015, she began...

BY Lori Baker

When Paula Bell was diagnosed with stage III breast cancer in her left breast in 2007, she had chemotherapy prior to undergoing a mastectomy...

BY Cara Sorrell

In December 2015, I walked across the stage of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s commencement ceremony with a Bachelor of Science in...

BY Cara Sorrell

When I first went away to college after completing synovial sarcoma treatment, I thought I'd be leaving cancer behind me, except for the occasional...

BY Jami Mayberry

As part of my vulvar cancer treatment, I underwent five days of radiation therapy treatments for six weeks.

Going into it, I had...