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    Avoiding bp and needles after bc surgery in arm where lymph nodes were removed

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      lovetoteach88

      I also had lymph nodes taken from both arms but the cancer was on my right side. I ended up with cellulitis on the left so my onc. told me that is the arm I shouldn't use for bp/blood work. Not sure if that was best advice but not sure what else to do.

      almost 2 years ago
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      MelanieIIB

      lovetoteach88, wow, that is a difficult situation. I know the risk is there no matter how many lymph nodes were removed, but just curious, how many nodes were removed from your left side and how many from your right?

      Have you consulted a lymphedema therapist?

      I had one removed on the left and do allow bp and blood to be taken from that arm although I still have my port (have had it for 3 years) and have it used as much as possible. I had 18 removed from the right and I do have lymphedema in my hand, arm and side. I have gotten cellulitis on the right side twice.

      Here is another helpful article about lymphedema: http://www.cancer.net/navigating-cancer-care/side-effects/lymphedema

      almost 2 years ago
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      lovetoteach88

      MelaniellB I only had 2 removed from my right arm and 5 from the left. The doctor felt that since only 2 had been removed and I didn't get the cellulitis on that side the risk for lymphodema was a lot less.

      almost 2 years ago
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