I am 84 years old. Last November I had a sarcomatous muscle removed from my thigh, followed by 7 weeks of radiation therapy. Now I am getting lymphedema of the leg, from the thigh down. I have a referral to a lymphedema clinic, which I have not yet scheduled. I have heard that lymphedema always gets worse if not treated. I have also heard that custom made compression stockings, thigh length, can be expensive. Does anybody know about what they cost? Does untreated lymphedema inevitably get worse?