Many women experience swelling – or edema – as it is called – not just on their arm, but around their breast area, and along their trunk. Not knowing what this is – most women continue to look for a bra that will help them reduce this swelling along with trying to be comfortable.

Truncal edema is difficult to treat, and can be extremely uncomfortable.

Although Primary and Secondary Lymphedema in the arms and legs is better known and documented, Secondary Lymphedema occurring in the chest, breast and back, now known as “Truncal Lymphedema”, is still largely under-diagnosed in the medical community. Yet according to anecdotal reports from health care providers, it is a rapidly increasing problem. Women with this often painful chronic condition that can occur following successful breast cancer treatments can be hard pressed to find any information on lymphedema (swelling) in the armpit, chest, breast and/or back.

Please refer to this link from the Bellisse Compression Bra company that exlpains what truncal edema is, along with providing pictures.

Here is a picture and information on the Bellisse Compression Bra:

Also, the National Lymphdema Network is a wonderful source for support and infomation:

Feel free to write/call with additional questions.


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