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Lymphedema Raises Cost of Breast Cancer Care
Date:3/17/2009

elated insurance claims than those in the Northeast. Women in all regions of the country probably suffer from the condition equally, Shih said, but more states in the West have passed laws requiring insurance companies to cover treatments.

Standard treatments include keeping the skin clean and moisturized, being careful when clipping nails, wearing compression sleeves to prevent swelling, doing therapeutic exercises and having massage to promote manual lymphatic drainage, Lawenda said.

"It is a condition that's not curable," he said. "However, it is manageable, treatable and will improve."

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The American Cancer Society has more on lymphedema.



SOURCES: Ya-Chen Tina Shih, Ph.D., associate professor, health economics, University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston; Robert Smith, Ph.D., director, cancer screening, American Cancer Society, Atlanta; Brian Lawenda, M.D., clinical director, radiation oncology, Naval Medical Center, San Diego; March 16, 2009, Journal of Clinical Oncology, online


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