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 Asked: 3/27/2017 I think I have Lymphedema but it has not been diagnosed.
 Asked: 3/26/2017 I am 14 months out from BMX and ALND.
 Asked: 3/19/2017 My husband was diagnosed with lymphedema two years ago in both legs.
 Asked: 3/13/2017 I have lymphedema from lymph node removal and surgical trauma from treatment for melanoma.
 Asked: 3/12/2017 Thank you for all that you do...4 weeks post op lumpectomy and sentinel node biopsy and experiencing cording under my arm,4 nodes removed.
 Asked: 3/10/2017 A little over two years ago I had a lumpectomy at Johns Hopkins and radiation at my local hospital for carcinoma in sutu.
 Asked: 2/17/2017 i had a modified radical masctecomy with the removal of 23 lymph nodes in 2005.
 Asked: 2/14/2017 I asked this question but did not expalain myself correctly.
 Asked: 2/13/2017 I had 3 auxillary nodes removed 1/9/2017.
 Asked: 2/9/2017 Is it safe for me to have an EMG after breast and lymp node cancer I broke my wrist and possible nerve damage .
 Asked: 1/31/2017 I had 3 auxillary lymphnodes removed all clear no breast cancer or lymphoma.
 Asked: 1/26/2017 My question is about cording. I was diagnosed with Stage 1A BC in 2015 and had a lumpectomy with sentinel node biopsy (which was negative)- they removed 3 nodes.
 Asked: 1/6/2017 I just asked about "small residual seroma" and lypmhedema.
 Asked: 1/6/2017 "Small residual seroma left at the surgical site", does that mean lyphedema? If not, does it tend to go away by itself? Is anything need...
 Asked: 1/2/2017 I have had lymphedema (post mastectomy) since 2003 and have to have rotator cuff surgery on the lymphedema arm.
 Asked: 12/30/2016 I had blood drawn out from the arm that had 16 lymph nodes removed (all clear) during right mastectomy.
 Asked: 12/20/2016 Diagnosed with R breast invasive ductal carcinoma, 1.3 cm.
 Asked: 12/19/2016 If I had lymph nodes removed on both sides and they won''t draw blood from my feet, where should I have blood drawn?
 Asked: 12/19/2016 I had a mastectomy 2 wks ago with the removal of 23 lymph nodes, there was no cancer in anyone of them.
 Asked: 12/12/2016 Can a mammogram on a breast that has lypmhedema exacerbate the lyphmedema? Would I be wiser to have MRI instead? Radiologist said they can put...
 Asked: 12/1/2016 I was diagnosed with lymphedema of the breast, had lumpectomy,SNB and radiation.
 Asked: 11/29/2016 Would a physical therapist who is specializing in treating lymphedema be a good place to get a firm diagnosis? Or would I need to...
 Asked: 11/27/2016 Be it with single or multiple nodes removed, why is it that some women will get lymphedema and some won''t? And does the quality of...
 Asked: 11/27/2016 Had lumpectomy and two nodes removed June 2015.
 Asked: 11/25/2016 Are you destined to develop lymphedema when you have had 23 nodes taken?
 Asked: 11/16/2016 I asked the question whether having had one lymph node removed would be alright to have blood work done.
 Asked: 11/15/2016 I had a lumpectamy 30 yrs ago on right arm with 18 lumphnodes removed and did all blood work and pressure on left arm.
 Asked: 11/6/2016 Hi! I had a DMX and complete lymphatic nodes dissection in one axilla(all 8 nodes were taken out) and I had the sentinel node procedure...
 Asked: 11/6/2016 I am a yoga instructor. I will be going through lumpectomy and radiation shortly.
 Asked: 11/1/2016 Where do you get IVs, blood pressure, etc.
 Asked: 10/30/2016 I had a stage 2 grade 2 IDC (node neg) removed in April with very close margins of <1mm and extensive lvi.
 Asked: 10/28/2016 When I take the bra off there is an indentation on the breast that had lumpectomy and one SNB(negative) and not on the other breast.
 Asked: 10/22/2016 If you are having the 2nd breast removed after have had breast cancer during which the sentinel node and a cluster of 3 lymph nodes...
 Asked: 10/13/2016 Can a mammogram on a breast that had a lumpectomy six month prior cause lymphedema?
 Asked: 10/10/2016 I underwent a lumpectomy, slnb N0 0/3, and radiation treatment for stage 1a IDC Oncotype 11, Highly hormonal positive 18 months ago.
 Asked: 10/5/2016 Is the risk of lymphedema the same (in terms of time frame and severity) whether you had one sentinel node removed or say, 20? I...
 Asked: 9/26/2016 When is ok to use the affected side post mastectomy for IV placement? I have heard 20 years after the pt is in the clear??
 Asked: 9/21/2016 Wife just had bilateral mastectomy and 13 nodes removed (5 pos) all one side.
 Asked: 9/6/2016 Does daily manual lythm massage prevent fluid build up in arm,after clearance..I have no lythodema .
 Asked: 9/5/2016 I have DCIS and am considering a bilateral mastectomy with breast reconstruction.
 Asked: 8/25/2016 I am four weeks out from DSIC surgery/lumpectomy and Sentenal node removal.
 Asked: 8/11/2016 I had breast cancer in 2002 with removal of some lymph nodes on my right side.
 Asked: 8/11/2016 Hi! I''m very grateful you answer our doubts.
 Asked: 8/5/2016 I had bilateral mastectomy with 2 lymphs removed from the right side July of last year.
 Asked: 8/2/2016 When confronted with what was termed a suspicious finding following a mammogram in 2015, I began using this site and Hopkins provided me with a...
 Asked: 7/17/2016 a physical therapist said that I have axilla cording after 3 sentinel node biopsy and lumpectomy.
 Asked: 7/10/2016 Lillie: I''m 8 years out from dx and treatment of triple neg.
 Asked: 7/7/2016 Hello, I had mastectomy and sentinel node dissection 2 weeks ago.
 Asked: 6/24/2016 I am a 18 year breast cancer survivor and have to have rotator cuff surgery.
 Asked: 6/10/2016 8 years after a double mastectomy and a horrible plastic surgery, I had a DIEP flap procedure, but wasn''t told about getting lymphedema.
 Asked: 5/30/2016 Hi.. I had a Lumpectomy and 4 Lymp Nodes taken out.
 Asked: 5/21/2016 I had 2 nodes taken out in 2015 and two weeks after that i developed Lymphedma.
 Asked: 5/8/2016 Hi. I had a DMX.
 Asked: 5/5/2016 I had a biopsy done of two centinal odes under left armpit was told it was ok to do BP there, a bit nervous that they did it 6 days after surgery.
 Asked: 5/4/2016 I had a bi-lateral mastectomy 16 yrs ago.
 Asked: 5/4/2016 Does the armpit feel different after having a clearance mine feels thicker than the other side which wasn''t cleared? Thanks.
 Asked: 4/27/2016 Hello, I am 38 and have been diagnosed with high grade hormone positive DCIS.
 Asked: 4/16/2016 I had a lumpectomy 9 yrs ago and have had several bouts with some swelling in my left arm.
 Asked: 4/3/2016 I had a lumpectomy and 1 node removed 5 days ago I have numbness and slight swelling in the back of my arm should...
 Asked: 4/1/2016 Is there a risk of having lymphedema with the sentinel nodes procedure done, where 3 lymphatic nodes were taken out? I had axillary nodes dissection...
 Asked: 3/27/2016 Good morning. I had a bilateral bc diagnosis in 2013.I had a DMX,one side axillary nodes dissection(8 nodes taken out, 1 with cancer) and the other side with sentinel node biopsy procedure(just 3 nodes taken out, all 3 clear),dense chemo (AC+Taxol), NO radiation.
 Asked: 3/24/2016 I had 3 lymph nodes removed 3 years ago.
 Asked: 3/21/2016 I was diag. with Lymphedema stage 2.
 Asked: 3/18/2016 it''s been 6 mos since my simple mastectomy and I think I''ve pulled a muscle.
 Asked: 3/3/2016 Hi, I had surgery two weeks ago after developing cellulitis (I had a preventative bmx).
 Asked: 3/1/2016 I am a 10 year survior of breast cancer and had seven lymph nodes removed.
 Asked: 2/17/2016 I''ve read about the possible of use of acupuncture to address lymphedema in the arm following treatment for breast cancer.
 Asked: 2/13/2016 Thank you for this service. In Jan 2014 I had a lumpectomy and sentinel node biopsy.
 Asked: 2/11/2016 I had bilateral mastectomy in January 2015.
 Asked: 1/18/2016 I have developed lymphedema of left underarm/back of side that I did not have nodes removed, cancer or radiation.
 Asked: 1/12/2016 I had a partial mastectomy eight years ago.
 Asked: 1/12/2016 I had one sentinal node removed durng BCS (1/1) and am currently getting 33 radiation treatments to my breast and underarm area.
 Asked: 12/31/2015 I will be having a bilateral mastectomy.
 Asked: 12/25/2015 I am a 10 year servior of breast cancer, 17 lympnodes were taken.
 Asked: 12/9/2015 I recently had bilateral mastectomy due to cancer found in left breast (prophylactic removal of right breast which appeared healthy).
 Asked: 12/9/2015 I had 7 nodes removed, all clear, stage 1, grade 1 ER/PR+Her2- 1cm IDC in 2011.
 Asked: 12/9/2015 Hi just wanting to no,,,, we have 3 levels of lymph nodes underarm level 1-2-3, is axillary clearance when all 3 levels are take out,...
 Asked: 12/8/2015 Bilateral mastectomy, can I still have injections,blood tests,blood pressure taken?
 Asked: 12/3/2015 Hi again,, 23 nodes removed,, I have no signs of lymphedema,I do manual drainage massage 1- 2 times a day, once before I get out...
 Asked: 11/24/2015 4 years ago I had an early breast cancer removed along with 7 nodes, all negative.
 Asked: 11/22/2015 If you are going to develope lymphedema I heard if you don''t get it within 2 years of surgery you are not very likely to...
 Asked: 11/16/2015 had a lumpectomy and 16 nodes removed in my left armpit in Sept of 2013 (over 2 years ago) at the age of 31.
 Asked: 11/3/2015 I had 3 lymph nodes removed 10 years ago.
 Asked: 11/2/2015 I have metastatic bc and have found chair yoga really really helpful in reducing pain from lymphedema and scar tissue... Get your certification and help other...
 Asked: 10/23/2015 Hello, I am planning risk reducing double mastectomy for BRCA 2.
 Asked: 10/22/2015 Hi,, just because my arm feels uncomfortable and numb e.t.c at times,does this mean I''m going to eventually develop lymphedema? I''m 12 months post axillary...
 Asked: 10/18/2015 I had a bilateral mastectomy about 8 months ago.
 Asked: 10/13/2015 I only had 3 sentinel nodes removed on my right and 1 on my left, all negative.
 Asked: 9/28/2015 the left arm is quite swollen due to lymphedema after removal of left breast and all lymph nodes from the left arm.
 Asked: 9/27/2015 I had a bilateral mastectomy about 9 months ago.
 Asked: 9/24/2015 i have lymphedema in my breast only...also big dark bruised area w capillaries.oncologist doesnt know what it is.Can this be caused by the lymphedema? have...
 Asked: 9/22/2015 I had a double masectomy 6 weeks ago.
 Asked: 9/15/2015 If the doctor used that arm for chemo after breast surgery and lymph nodes removed 14 years would that make the person die please answer thank you .
 Asked: 9/14/2015 I am a breast cancer survivor. I had the lymph nodes from under my arm removed and have developed lymphedema in my arm.
 Asked: 9/14/2015 if you had breast cancer and lymph nodes removed 14 years ago are you allowed to use that arm for intravenous and if you do what would happen .
 Asked: 9/12/2015 I had four sentinel lymph nodes removed.
 Asked: 9/11/2015 I had lymph node surgery in 1992 - 26 radiation treatments - 5 years tamoxifin.
 Asked: 9/6/2015 Hi,, should you wear a sleeve when flying? Some say yes others say no??
 Asked: 8/26/2015 I had axillary lymph nodes removed. No radiation.

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