Lymphedema - self-careBreast cancer - self-care for lymphedema; Mastectomy - self-care for lymphedema
Lymphedema is the buildup of lymph in your body. Lymph is a fluid surrounding tissues. Lymph moves through vessels in the lymph system and into the bloodstream. The lymph system is a major part of the immune system.
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