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Questions concerning Lymphatic obstruction or blockage of the lymph nodes.
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|8/13/2011||I am a 14 yr. breast cancer survivor. Following surgery, I had dose dense chemo at Hopkins in Lutherville and am still being followed there. I had 40 lymph nodes removed - 32 of which were positive. I also had radiation treatments. I have tried everything imaginable to control my lymphatic swelling. I recently read about the successful use of laser treatments to reduce swelling and soften scar tissue and fibrotic areas. Are these treatments available at Hopkins? I also had two other breast surgeries leaving me with an open wound and now additional scaring. I have osteoarthritis in my hand and am unable to use the pump due to pain.|
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|8/13/2011||something that is new and has been done by some of our reconstruction plastic surgeons is the ability to reconnect lymphatic vessels enabling the body to drain the fluid like it originally did. I'm concerned though that you are dealing with an open wound currently. that could interfere with being a surgical candidate for such a procedure right now. Why not ask your medical oncologist at Green Spring Station if it would be helpful to meet with one of the plastic surgeons or not about a skin graft to close the wound?? if it is due to infection though then systemic antibiotic treatment may be needed first. so speak with your medical oncologist this week and see if he wants to refer you to one of our other surgical specialists within the breast center. If so then just call 443-287-2778 and sheila will get you scheduled.|
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