New Treatment for common breast cancer side effect
SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – October is breast cancer awareness month – and a first-of-its-kind surgical procedure will be performed in San Diego in October to help a local breast cancer survivor now dealing with a common and incurable side effect of breast cancer treatment, according to Scripps MD Anderson Cancer Center.
Lymphedema is the build-up of fluid in soft body tissues when the lymphatic system is damaged or blocked — resulting in swelling (often in the arms and legs), restricted range of motion, infections and discomfort. Traditionally, lymphedema has been treated with physical therapy, compression garments and even manual draining – but these are often ineffective in relieving symptoms, and don’t address the root cause of the problem.
Now San Diegans have a new treatment option for lymphedema, with Dr. Manish Champaneria having moved to San Diego this year to join Scripps MD Anderson Cancer Center. Dr. Champaneria is one of small group of plastic surgeons in the United States with specialized training to treat lymphedema using a novel micro-surgical technique, called “vascular lymph node transfer.”
For more information visit scripps.org/cancer or call 858-554-9950.