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A little known side effect with a huge impact

Lymphedema affects millions of cancer patients, yet many don’t know their risk and treatment is not always covered

Sept. 3, 2015 | by Diane Mapes / Fred Hutch News Service

Lymphedema has been called cancer’s “dirty little secret” since patients often don’t know they’re at risk for it, physicians may not recognize it and the condition can happen months or years after treatment. Compression garments vastly improve patients’ quality of life but Medicare and other insurers often don’t cover them.

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Power of touch: How specialized massage helps cancer patients

Some types of massage can help break up scar tissue, reduce post-surgery lymphedema, doctors say

Feb. 18, 2014 | By Andy Koopmans and Linda Carroll

Some types of massage can help break up scar tissue and reduce post-surgery lymphedema, doctors say.

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