Lymphedema is a condition in which excess fluid accumulates in a part of the body, typically in an arm or leg. Lymphedema in the legs is a potential side effect of surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy for gynecologic cancer. It can affect people in different ways, and may impair quality of life by causing discomfort.
In this study, researchers are examining the incidence of and risk factors for lymphedema of the legs in patients who will be undergoing surgery for cervical, vulvar, or uterine cancer, and assessing the impact of this condition on patients’ quality of life. Participants will have physical exams and complete questionnaires before and after surgery.