A condition that is caused by damage to the lymphatic system’s capacity to move lymphatic fluid, often a result from having the Related to the armpit. Small, bean-shaped collections of immune tissue that filter out cell fluid and bacteria that may be circulating in the body. They help fight infections and play a role in fighting cancer. sampled or removed at the time of Surgical removal of the breast lump and its surrounding tissue. or An operation removing all or part of the breast., or having had radiation to the axillary area. Symptoms include the hand, arm and tissues of the upper chest becoming swollen and painful. While it can be controlled with the use of compression sleeves and a massage technique called manual lymphatic drainage, it cannot be cured. Lymphedema can also occur in the feet and legs as a result of node removal in the groin or pelvic area.