Many head and neck cancer survivors are faced with an additional challenge: lymphedema.
Head and neck cancer treatments often lead to lymphedema – a chronic swelling condition that may be caused by damage to the lymphatic system. The swelling can be both internal and external and cause pain, reduced range of motion and difficulty swallowing, speaking and breathing.
Lymphedema can be debilitating and make it hard for survivors of head and neck cancer to start enjoying life again.
As with any chronic, progressive condition, early intervention and practical tools for daily management produce the best results.
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Empowering patients to self-manage their head and neck lymphedema from home for improved outcomes and a better quality of life.
Karen L. Herbst
“Many, many of my patients love their pump. They use them in the morning, at night…and feel very lucky.”
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