Receiving physical therapy after undergoing breast cancer surgery could help reduce the risk of lymphedema and help patients return to their normal activities faster, physicians suggest in a news story from US News & World Report.

Researchers are learning more about the lymphatic system, what causes lymphedema and potentially how to ward it off. Physical therapy after surgery for breast cancer is often part of the solution, but physical therapy after breast cancer surgery is about more than just reducing the risk of lymphedema, says Debbie Mattera, a doctor of physical therapy and a clinical specialist in lymphedema at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City.

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