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View in Spanish: Terapia descongestiva compleja

Complex decongestive therapy (KOM-plex DEE-kon-JEH-stiv THAYR-uh-pee)
Treatment to reduce lymphedema (swelling caused by a buildup of lymph fluid in tissue). This therapy uses massage to move the fluid away from areas where lymph vessels are blocked, damaged, or removed by surgery. This helps remove extra fluid. The affected area is then wrapped in a special bandage. Later, a compression garment (tight-fitting, elastic piece of clothing) is worn to keep fluid from building up again.

Source: National Cancer Institute Dictionary of Cancer Terms, available at www.cancer.gov/dictionary.