Aa
A
A
Close
398758 tn?1248223891
hot water and lymphedema
Hi all,
I'm a 4-year breast cancer survivor.  My friend had breast cancer recently; she's had a lumpectomy, and had several lymph nodes in the armpit removed. Her onc told her that, due to the risk of getting lymphedema, she could never put her arm in warm water again.  No hot tubs, no tub baths, no swimming.    I'm an avid swimmer, and I've had no problems whatsoever using hot tubs at the gym. Is this a new precaution?
Thanks.
Survivor Susie
Discussion is closed
Cancel
1 Answers
Page 1 of 1
587083 tn?1327123862
Hi Susie,
I have pasted part of an information I have found for you.
It's quite long to read,but I think that the advice given is very good to prevent lymphedema.
You'll find the link at the bottom of my comment.                                    

    * Don't take unusually hot baths or showers.
    * Don't go from extreme hot to cold water temperatures when you bathe or wash dishes.
    * Don't go into high-heat hot tubs, saunas, or steam baths.
    * Don't apply heating pads or hot compresses to the arm, neck, shoulder, or back on the affected side. Also, be cautious of other heat-producing treatments provided by physical, occupational, or massage therapists, such as ultrasound, whirlpool, fluidotherapy, or deep tissue massage. Heat and vigorous massage encourage the body to send extra fluid into the compromised area...
                                         ------------------

http://www.breastcancer.org/tips/lymphedema/avoid.jsp

Best wishes to both you and your friend...
Discussion is closed
Cancel
Comment
A
A
Blank
Weight Tracker
Weight Tracker
Start Tracking Now
Breast Cancer Community Resources
RSS Expert Activity
233488 tn?1310696703
Blank
Marathon Running Done Over Many Yea...
05/15 by John C Hagan III, MD, FACS, FAAOBlank
233488 tn?1310696703
Blank
New Article on Multifocal IOL vs &q...
05/15 by John C Hagan III, MD, FACS, FAAOBlank
748543 tn?1463449675
Blank
TMJ/TMJ The Connection Between Teet...
01/15 by Hamidreza Nassery , DMD, FICOI, FAGD, FICCMOBlank
Top Breast Cancer Answerers