Breast conservation therapy (lumpectomy) combined with radiation has become a preferred option over mastectomies for many individuals diagnosed with breast cancer. The physical and emotional benefits of these procedures are enormous.
Many women have only short-term discomfort and tissue changes in the involved breast after surgery and radiation. Unfortunately, research indicates that 20-48% of patients who have had a lumpectomy experience breast lymphedema. Diagnosis can be tricky, but symptoms include swelling, redness, skin thickening, hardening of the breast tissue and tenderness to touch.