Surgical Oncology News

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Cancer's little-known aftershock

Author: Ranit Mishori, The Washington Post
Nov 09, 2010

It's the aftershock of cancer surgery, a complication that breast cancer survivor Bonnie Pike of Phoenix calls "cancer treatment's dirty little secret," a nasty surprise that sneaks up on you.

Lymphedema, a painful and chronic swelling of the lymph nodes, may affect up to 70 percent of women who have undergone surgery or received radiation for breast cancer. Men who have undergone prostate cancer surgery often experience it as well. Yet the condition, estimated to afflict 3 million to 5 million Americans, is rarely discussed by doctors; it is sometimes ignored and frequently misdiagnosed, and it routinely goes untreated.

"My surgeon said he'd never had anybody ever develop it...He still says that. It is just really hard for doctors to recognize it, for some radiation oncologists to admit" that it happens," Pike says...

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