How does the lymphatic system work after cancer treatment?

Medically Reviewed by Checkmark Medically Reviewed By: Dr. Sravanthi Sunkaraneni

In most cases, the lymphatic system works normally after cancer treatment. However, in a few cases, lymphedema may arise. Lymphedema is a medical condition that causes swelling in the arms, legs, abdomen, neck, chest wall and genitals due to the build-up of lymph fluid within them.

When the lymph nodes affected by cancer are removed, the area remains empty without any way to drain off the lymph fluid. Hence, the lymph fluid can accumulate. This condition affects the normal circulation of the lymph fluid within the body to cause lymphedema. This condition can degrade the quality of life by increasing the risk of skin infections and affecting the ability to move when severe.

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