Thanks for posting.
You are correct, guidance on reducing the risk of lymphoedema has changed over recent years.
National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) updated the Early and locally advanced breast cancer: diagnosis and management guidelines last year. This section looks at lymphoedema risk. You will see they suggest there is no consistent evidence of increased risk of lymphoedema associated with medical procedures such as blood tests, injections or intravenous medicines. The decision to perform medical procedures using the arm on the treated side should depend on clinical need and the possibility of alternatives.
We appreciate that the final decision whether to use the compromised arm is yours and the updated guidance may help you make this decision.
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