Lymphedema Prevention Study Underway

by: cancercompass

Researchers are studying methods to prevent lymphedema, a side effect of breast cancer treatment that some patients face.

According to the Associated Press, Ohio State University is leading the research to understand ways of protecting women from lymphedema, a condition occurring when lymph fluid builds in arms or legs as a result of surgery or radiation treatment.

The study will look at ways of preventing the painful swelling. Some of the possible prevention measures researchers will study are doing special exercises with light weights.

Researchers are recruiting patients at Ohio State, Georgetown and other hospitals, according to the Associated Press.  Results of the study aren't due until 2012.

Learn more about Lymphedema management.