Torso Swelling Side Effect of Cancer Treatment

Lymphedema or swelling of the arm or leg is not well understood but at least more common.  There is a lot of education and awareness around this subject that is absolutely needed.

What is less known is swelling of the torso.  It can come from breast cancer surgery and radiation treatment.  I’ve also seen torso swelling in those who have had cancer and surgery in the neck area.

In order to manage this swelling, look for a compression bra or mastectomy camisole that has the compression factor.  There are garments listed as slimmers or shapers, not to be confused with the Spanx garments.  Compression garments for torso swelling have a graduated compression which moves the lymph fluid.

Some of the slimmers or camisoles are very fashionable and can be worn in place of a bra under a suit or sweater.  They also work nicely in layering for a more casual look.  Definitely chic!

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