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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 Kellie Bramlet Blackburn

Mazen Nadim wasn’t interested in robotic surgery to remove his adrenal tumor at first. No scar, no deal, the 15-year-old insisted. After all...

BY Kellie Bramlet Blackburn

Just six weeks after his prostate cancer surgery, Alejandro Ayestaran ran a 10K.

His recovery was speedy thanks to rehabilitation exercises...

BY Bert Cutino

I am a three-opinion type of guy. Any time I need a job done, I always try to get three bids before making a decision. So, when I was diagnosed with a rare type of skull base tumor called mucosal melanoma of the sinuses, I approached it the same way.

The doctor who initially found the cancer in February 2021 said I needed major surgery, and that I might lose my right eye and a part of my forehead in the process. I didn’t like hearing...

Mucosal melanoma survivor Bert Cutino, wearing a chef's hat, smiles at the camera.

BY Kellie Bramlet Blackburn

More than half of cancer patients undergo surgery as a part of their cancer treatment. Just about every patient who has surgery will have...

BY Seana Johnson

When my daughter, Preslie, was eight years old, I noticed that her left eyelid seemed to be a little droopy. But I never expected it to be...

BY Kellie Bramlet Blackburn

Throughout his esophageal cancer treatment, Ross Bernkrant never once looked up the survival rates.

“I knew it wasn’t good,” he says...

BY Ronda Wendler

Teresa and Billy Mayo have shared almost everything during their 46-year marriage. But the couple recently shared something they never anticipated...

BY Kellie Bramlet Blackburn

Navigating breast reconstruction options can be overwhelming. There are so many decisions to make. Will you have immediate or delayed reconstruction...

BY Molly Adams

Whether you have a lumpectomy or a type of mastectomy, your chest may be flattened, misshapen or asymmetrical after surgery. Breast reconstruction...