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Das Lymphödem ist eine chronische Erkrankung

Das Lipödem tritt überwiegend bei Frauen auf

Manuelle Lymphdrainage mit MLD Therapeuten

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Breast Cancer, Directives


For patients following breast cancer treatment (operation; radiotherapy; operation and radiotherapy) with or without lymphedema of the arm

The directives should help the post-cancer patients avoid or retard the formation of lymphedema.

1. At work and at home

•Injuries, overexertion, heat and cold are to be avoided
•Be careful with kitchen knives
•Be careful while sewing (use a thimble). Do not wash with hot water
•Do not operate a hot stove or oven without oven gloves
•Do not carry heavy shopping bags
•Be careful while ironing
•Do not hold a cigarette in the hand of the swollen arm
•Do not wear a watch on the swollen side Always wear arm sleeves or rubber gloves while doing household chores

2. Clothes

•Bra straps should not cut into neither the shoulders nor chest
•Wear a light prosthesis

3. Beauty and Body Care

operation•Scrupulous cleanliness – thorough skin care
•Do not cut the nail crease
•Be careful while filing your nails
•Push cuticles rather than cut them
•Do not use irritating or allergenic cosmetics
•No sauna
•No sunbath, No kneading massage of the arm

4. At the Hairdresser’s

•Protect shoulder and arm from the heating effect of the hair dryer

5. In the Garden

•Avoid injuries (barbs, thorns, tools)

6. Pets

•Absolutely avoid bites and scratches on the side of the swollen arm

7. Sports

•Avoid overexertion
•Avoid damages due to frost
•Avoid injuries
•Although swimming is part of the therapeutic measures, it is important to avoid overexertion while practicing it

8. Nutrition

•Maintain an ideal body weight
•Balance (meat, vegetables, fresh fruits)
•Restrict table salt intake

9. During the Day

•Practice physical exercises with an armsleeve
•Wear the armsleeve prescribed by the physician

10. At Night

•Raise the edematous arm

11. Planning Holidays

•Avoid areas infested with insects
•Don’t forget to absolutely wear your compression stocking while flying

12. At the Doctor’s

•Do not have your blood pressure taken on the afflicted (swollen or postoperative) side
•No injections (skin, muscles, veins or joints) on the afflicted (swollen or postoperative) side
•No injection in the surgery scar
•No blood taken on the afflicted (swollen or postoperative) side
•No acupuncture treatment, no healing anesthesia conducted on the afflicted (swollen or postoperative) side

13. Consult your physician immediately

•If an infection occurs on the edematous arm (fever, redness, chills)

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