• Mayo Clinic Minute: Breast cancer, exercise and lymphedema

a middle-aged woman working out in a gym with help from a coachNo woman wants to hear the words, "You have breast cancer." The diagnosis can be frightening, and thoughts turn to treatment. Some women worry about complications of treatment, one of which is lymphedema, or swelling of the arms after surgery or radiation.

Many women who are going through treatment are advised not to exercise, because movement could trigger or make lymphedema worse. However, Mayo Clinic experts say exercise may help prevent lymphedema and lessen its symptoms.

In this Mayo Clinic Minute, reporter Vivien Williams talks to Mayo Clinic surgeon Dr. Sarah McLaughlin about lymphedema and exercise.

Watch: The Mayo Clinic Minute

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