Lymphedema in cancer survivors

Lymphedema in cancer survivors

The human body moves with the help of the lymphatic system. The lymph nodes produce fluids that the body uses to enable movement. Sometimes cancer patients need to have their lymph nodes removed as part of their treatment. This leads to fluid build-up in the body. In order to prevent toxic build-up of lymphatic fluid, it is very important for cancer patients to keep moving. The swelling caused by lymphedema can range from small, barely noticeable changes to extreme changes that make movement difficult. While there is no cure for lymphedema, it is possible to manage the condition with the right kind of exercise.

The lymphatic system depends upon the movement of the blood to ensure fluid movement if the patient’s lymph nodes have been removed. There are specific exercises that cancer survivors can do to ensure that there is no toxic build-up of lymphatic fluids in their bodies.

The CARER Program has compiled a highly detailed chart of exercises that gives in detail all the exercises you need to keep the lymphatic fluids flowing. The exercises are easy to learn and can be done at home. Please ask your doctor if you need to use lymphedema compression garments while doing the exercises.

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