Jan Lewin Discusses the Importance of Treating Lymphedema

Jan Lewin, PhD, section chief of Speech Pathology and Audiology at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, discusses the two different types of lymphedema and the importance of getting treated. 

Jan Lewin, PhD, section chief of Speech Pathology and Audiology at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, discusses the two different types of lymphedema and the importance of getting treated.

Lymphedema affects function and appearance and can cause serious health issues. Some of the functional problems that arise from lymphedema include voice troubles, difficulty swallowing, and even breathing complications.

Both types of lymphedema, internal and external, are very common after cancer treatment, yet are poorly managed and underrecognized, Lewin.said.