We require a doctor's prescription before we custom fit your sleeve compression garments!
Cancer treatments can severely damage the lymph nodes and vessels underneath the arm. During surgery some lymph nodes are often removed and radiation treatment causes further damage to the nodes and vessels.. This means that the arm and upper body around the treatment site have a weakened immune system and reduced drainage channels. That is why breast cancer patients are at increased risk for infection and swelling after the cancer treatment. If you are experiencing swelling, your doctor may recommend an arm sleeve or hand compression garment to keep your swelling under control.
We require a doctor's prescription before we custom fit your sleeve compression garments! The veins in your legs are one of the hardest working parts of your circulatory system. They are responsible for feeding the tissues of your legs by supplying them with oxygenated blood. Deoxygenated blood is then returned to your heart, where it is forced to fight gravity along the way.
Eighteen preventative steps for Lymphedema:
For breast cancer, post-traumatic injury, or infection (inflammatory process) patient who is at risk of lymphedema, and for the breast cancer, post-traumatic injury, or infection patient who has developed lymphedema.
Who is At Risk?
At risk is anyone who has had either a simple mastectomy, lumpectomy or modified radical mastectomy in combination with axillary node dissection and often, radiation therapy. Lymphedema can occur immediately postoperatively or any time after undergoing cancer therapy. With proper education and care, lymphedema can be avoided or, if it develops, kept well under control. The following instructions should be reviewed carefully pre-operatively and discussed with your physician or therapist.
Absolutely do not ignore any slight increase of swelling in the arm, hand, fingers, or chest wall (consult with your doctor immediately).
Never allow an injection or blood drawing in the affected arm(s) or have blood pressure checked in the unaffected arm.
Keep the endemic arm, or "at-risk" arm, spotlessly clean. Use lotion (Eucerin, Nivea) after bathing.
When drying it, be gentle and thorough. Make sure the affected arm is dry in any creases and between the fingers. Avoid vigorous, repetitive movements against or resistance with the affected arm (scrubbing, pushing, and pulling).
Avoid heavy lifting with the affected arm. Never carry heavy handbags or bags with over-the-shoulder straps.
Do not wear tight jewelry or elastic bands around affected fingers or arm(s).
Avoid extreme temperature changes when bathing, washing dishes, or (no sauna or hot tub).
Keep the at-risk arm protected from the sun.
Avoid any type of trauma (bruising, cuts, sunburn or other burns, sports injuries, insect bites, cat scratches).
Wear gloves while doing housework, gardening or any type of work that could result in even a minor injury.
When manicuring your nails, avoid cutting your cuticles (inform your manicurist).
Exercise is important, but consult with your therapist. Do not over-tire an arm at risk; if it starts to ache, lie down and elevate it. Recommended exercises: Walking, swimming, light aerobics, bike riding, and specially designed ballet or yoga. (Do not lift more that 15 lbs.)
When traveling by air, patients with lymphedema must wear a compression sleeve. Additional bandages may be required on a long flight.
Patients with large breasts should wear light breast prosthesis (heavy prosthesis may put too much pressure on the lymph nodes above the collar bone). Soft pads may have to be worn under the bra strap. Wear a well-fitted bra: not too tight and without a wire support.
Use an electric razor to remove hair from axilla. Maintain electric razor properly, replacing heads as needed.
Patients who have lymphedema should wear a well-fitted compression sleeve during all waking hours. At least every 4-6 months, see your therapist for follow-up. If the sleeve is too loose, most likely the arm circumference has reduced or the sleeve is worn.
Warning: If you notice a rash, blistering, redness, increase of temperature or fever, see your physician immediately. An inflammation or infection in the affected arm could be the beginning or a worsening of lymphedema.
Maintain your ideal weight through a well-balanced, low sodium, high fiber diet. Avoid smoking and alcoholic beverages. Lymphedema is a high protein edema, but eating too little protein will not reduce the protein element in the lymph fluid-rather, this will weaken the connective tissue and worsen the condition. The diet should contain protein that is easily digested, such as chicken, fish or tofu.
Unfortunately, prevention is not a cure. But, as a breast cancer patient, you are in control of your ongoing cancer checkups and the continued maintenance of your lymphedema.
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Physical Stress, surgery, illness, anemia, and rapid weight loss
Emotional Stress, mental illness or death of a family member
Medications. Certain drugs used may cause hair loss
High Blood Pressure Medications
High doses of Vitamin A
Poor Nutrition - If you have inadequate protein or iron in your diet or are poorly nourished in other ways, you can experience hair loss. Fad diets and certain illnesses, such as bowel disease or eating disorders can cause poor nutrition and therefore hair loss.
Diet - Too little protein in your diet can cause hair shedding, so can too little iron.
Thyroid - Overactive or underactive