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My grandma arm is swollen really bad bc she has breast cancer? Her arm is in major pain any help on what to do?

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    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    If she had any lymph nodes removed, this sounds like she may have lymphedema. You can search the mayo clinic internet site for more info on lymphedema. I had lymphatic chording as a result from surgery, and seeing a lymphatic physical therapist really helped me.
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    • Alexis Maldonado Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      She has had it removed. Her pain is horrible though, she is 64 and i hear her cry at night n she cant sleep ect. I massage her arm as much as possible but the doctors say there is no cure and there is nothing they can do. Do u think cold or hot...

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      She has had it removed. Her pain is horrible though, she is 64 and i hear her cry at night n she cant sleep ect. I massage her arm as much as possible but the doctors say there is no cure and there is nothing they can do. Do u think cold or hot compress works better?

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      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      she really needs to see a doctor or be referred to a lymphatic therapist.

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  • Sharon Danielson Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2007
    I signed up for a newsletter from Johns Hopkins Hospital & Breast Cancer. Part of the newsletter was about Lymphedema... Please show it to your Grandma. Take care, Sharon ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Individualized Care Best for Lymphedema Patients Millions of American cancer survivors experience chronic discomfort as a result of lymphedema, a common side effect of surgery and radiation therapy in which affected areas swell due to protein-rich fluid buildup. After reviewing published literature on lymphedema treatments, a University of Missouri researcher says emphasizing patients' quality of life rather than focusing solely on reducing swelling is critical to effectively managing the condition. Jane Armer, professor in the MU Sinclair School of Nursing and director of nursing research at Ellis Fischel Cancer Center, said many insurance providers and health care professionals assess whether lymphedema patients need treatment based solely on how swollen their limbs are. However, several studies have shown that the volume of fluid doesn't necessarily correspond with patients' discomfort. "Practitioners need to treat the swelling while considering patients' distress. We don't want to burden them with unnecessary or ineffective treatments," Armer said. "Health care providers should focus on managing symptoms and choose carefully among various treatments to provide individualized care plans that comfort patients, which may require modifying existing protocols." In their literature review, Armer and her colleagues found that Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT), a comprehensive approach for treating lymphedema involving skin care, exercise, manual lymphatic drainage and compression of the swollen limbs, may be the best form of specialized lymphedema management. "Patients have different medical needs and come from culturally diverse backgrounds. They have different goals, support systems, pain levels and treatment tolerances. All these factors influence patients' responses to care, which affects their well-being," said Marcia Beck, a review co-author and an MU graduate who now works at Truman Medical Centers in Kansas City, Mo. "Caring for lymphedema patients should be flexible and adjusted to maintain patients' quality of life," said Ausanee Wanchai, another co-author who received her doctorate at MU and now teaches at Boromarajonani College of Nursing in Buddhachinnaraj, Thailand. In a separate literature review, the researchers found that Intermittent Pneumatic Compression (IPC) therapy, in which sequential inflatable devices surrounding swollen limbs are used to increase lymphatic circulation, is beneficial as an adjunct therapy for chronic lymphedema patients who have limited or no access to medical care; patients can use the compression devices in their homes. Armer said further research is needed to demonstrate the usefulness of various lymphedema treatments, such as CDT and IPC. The literature reviews were the third and fourth in a series of 12 to be published in conjunction with the American Lymphedema Framework Project (ALFP). As director of the ALFP, Armer works alongside clinical experts and investigators to increase awareness of lymphedema and related disorders. The ALFP was founded in 2008 and is headquartered at the MU Center for Lymphedema Research, Practice and Health Policy. Its steering committee and staff currently are partnering with the International Lymphedema Framework (ILF) in producing an updated edition of the ILF Best Practice Document from 2006. SOURCES: Journal of Palliative Medicine, July 2012 University of Missouri, Columbia (http://www.missouri.edu)
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  • Traciann brundage Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    Wish we could post pictures . Jobst had arm sleeves that I wear everyday . It helps with the pain
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  • Lorraine Silva Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    Look online at the National Lymphedema Network. Great resource. Find area for therapy. They list therapists for every state in the US. Get a referral from her family doctor or her medical oncologist immediately as there is more success when it is treated early. Become informed with ways to prevent complications by reading information on that website.
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