Breast cancer is a serious type of cancer. More to the point, a common side effect from surgery for breast cancer, lymphedema, can be just as serious. Fortunately, there is a growing list of therapies to manage this common side effect.
I began taking a systemic proteolytic enzyme called Wobenzym due to its ability to reduce my risk of cancer relapse combined with Wobenzym’s ability to reduce the risk of blood clots (DVT’s). I developed a DVT due to chemotherapy for my multiple myeloma and I wanted to reduce the risk of developing another DVT as well as relapsing from my MM.
Over the years I have come across other evidence-based uses for Wobenzym.
The study linked and excerpted below cite’s Wobynzym as a therapy to reduce a painful side effect of breast cancer surgery called lymphedema. Wobenzym is a wonder drug.
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“Abstract-Lymphedema may be presented in the mild or less severe form. Nowadays, accurate diagnosis and effective therapy are available. Wearing surgical bandage, massage, exercise, and pumps form the core program for most patients with lymphedema. The application of pharmacological therapies has been notably absent from the management strategies for lymphatic vascular insufficiency states but lately, some progress has been made by applying wobenzym in the treatment. Surgical approaches to improve lymphatic flow through vascular anastomosis have been, in large part, unsuccessful, but controlled liposuction affords lasting benefit in selected patients.”
“After Virginia Harrod was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer in 2014, she had a double mastectomy. Surgeons also removed 16 lymph nodes from under her armpit and the area around her breast, to see how far the cancer had spread and to determine what further treatment might be needed. Then she underwent radiation therapy.
As it turned out, the removal of those lymph nodes, along with the radiation, put Harrod at risk for another disorder — lymphedema, a painful and debilitating swelling of the soft tissue of the arms or legs, and/or an increased vulnerability to infection…
In recent years, oncologists have begun paying more attention to the physical, emotional and financial costs of a condition they say is a “common and underreported complication of cancer treatment.”
No longer content to rely on compression clothing and bandages, antibiotics and massaging of limbs to minimize lymphedema’s symptoms, some cancer surgeons have been pioneering procedures to restore a healthy lymph system in these patients, or, better yet, prevent the problem.
Often referred to as the body’s natural sewage system, the lymph system is a network of nodes — small filters containing immune cells — linked by minuscule tubes and channels that carry nutrients around the body and help eliminate dangerous microbes and damaged cells, such as cancer cells.
When that lymph network is blocked or otherwise compromised — by scarring and inflammation from radiation treatments, for example, or by removal of a number oflymph nodes — fluid can build up in the areas near where the nodes used to be. That’s lymphedema.
As the fluid backs up, and nearby limbs often begin to swell, patients with lymphedema can have difficulty moving — picking up a grocery bag, or even getting dressed.
For some people, a sudden infection is the first symptom….”