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Undergone cancer surgery to remove large malignant tumour under the skin on cheek and again a smaller tumour on neck. Treatment?

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Recent cancer surgery (3/14/13) to remove large malignant tumor under the skin on left cheek and again a smaller tumor on left neck. A large mass of flesh currently on left neck and under chin evidently is the reason that this type of therapy has been suggested. Lymphedema Therapy. What does it consist of ? email= YYYY@YYYY
Posted Tue, 10 Sep 2013 in Cancer
Answered by Dr. Michelle Gibson James 1 hour later
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exercises, compression bandages, skin care

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HI, thanks for using healthcare magic

Lymphedema is the accumulation of fluid in the lymphatic system resulting in swelling.
It can occur in cancer or during treatment due to disruption of the flow of lymphatic fluids.

There are different methods that are recommended to treat lymphedema.

Lymphedema therapy specifically refers to : (1) specific exercises that are taught to encourage drainage. These are shown by a specialist trained in this area

(2) compression bandages that also encourage drainage and reduction in swelling. It helps the fluid to move through the lymphatic system.

(3)skin care- this reduces the chance of any infection and prevents the skin from drying

(4) massage therapy to also allow for the movement of any fluids.

It can take a varied amount of time for a response to be seen. It can vary from weeks to months.

I hope this helps, feel free to ask any additional questions
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