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

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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

      over 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.

      over 2 years ago
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      Marezee1010

      I, too, had lymph nodes removed and was told at the time about no BP or needles EVER and got a medic alert bracelet. I am 9+ years out and I STILL wear my bracelet and make sure that arm is not used. Never a question or comment until I saw the PA in my Oncologist’s Office. She insisted that I need not worry anymore but I did not accept that. It is no big deal to use only the other arm for procedures. It is what makes me feel comfortable.

      7 months ago
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