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  1. Mondry, Tammy E. PT, DPT, MSRS, CLT-LANA
  2. Mondry, Joseph M. PT, DPT, MSRS, CSCS, CLT
  3. Soballe, Peter W. MD


Cancer treatment-related lymphedema is a chronic, incurable disorder that can significantly affect quality of life. It is caused by a mechanical alteration of the lymphatic system during surgery and/or radiation therapy for the treatment of cancer. Lymphedema can have several adverse effects to include increased risk of cellulitis, decreased productivity, disability, psychosocial impacts, and poor body image issues. The purpose of this article is to discuss current clinical practices for risk reduction, identification, treatment, and maintenance of this condition.