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Lymphedema is a condition that can cause significant swelling of the upper and lower extremities due to the build-up of excess lymph fluid. This can occur when the lymphatic system, which is responsible for draining excess fluid from the body and is a key component of the immune system, is damaged or altered. In breast cancer patients, this can occur after surgery, such as removal or biopsy of the lymph nodes, and/or radiation therapy. It is estimated that six percent to 40 percent of patients with breast cancer develop lymphedema, and that it often occurs within the first two years after surgery. For some cancer survivors and others at risk, a low level lymphedema can occur 10 years to 15 years following the initial primary treatment and develop into a condition that has a serious impact on overall health and quality of life.
Stem cell researchers make advance toward long-lasting blood vessel repair

Stem cell researchers make advance toward long-lasting blood vessel repair

So much care it hurts: Unneeded scans, therapy, surgery only add to patients’ ills

So much care it hurts: Unneeded scans, therapy, surgery only add to patients’ ills

Portable scanner can measure limb disfigurement easily in patients with elephantiasis

Portable scanner can measure limb disfigurement easily in patients with elephantiasis

Reducing DVT and leg ulcers through personalized compression socks

Reducing DVT and leg ulcers through personalized compression socks

Novartis, Bristol-Myers Squibb collaborate to examine combination therapies for metastatic colorectal cancer

Novartis, Bristol-Myers Squibb collaborate to examine combination therapies for metastatic colorectal cancer

Study identifies sentinel-lymph-node mapping as safe, accurate way to stage endometrial cancer

Study identifies sentinel-lymph-node mapping as safe, accurate way to stage endometrial cancer

Study explores links between genetic susceptibility and heterogeneous phenotypes of lymphedema

Study explores links between genetic susceptibility and heterogeneous phenotypes of lymphedema

New discovery could lead to effective drugs to prevent excessive lymphatic growth in cancer

New discovery could lead to effective drugs to prevent excessive lymphatic growth in cancer

Study identifies underlying cause for overgrowths in lower extremities of morbidly obese patients

Study identifies underlying cause for overgrowths in lower extremities of morbidly obese patients

Discovery of neuropilin 2 deficiency may lead to new therapies for edema and lymphedema

Discovery of neuropilin 2 deficiency may lead to new therapies for edema and lymphedema

Studies look at alternative ways to overcome barriers and improve cancer screening rates

Studies look at alternative ways to overcome barriers and improve cancer screening rates

NYU researchers develop mobile self-care tools to mitigate onset of lymphedema

NYU researchers develop mobile self-care tools to mitigate onset of lymphedema

Study shows retinoic acid could prevent postsurgical lymphedema

Study shows retinoic acid could prevent postsurgical lymphedema

Enzyme previously thought beneficial could pose threat to developing embryos

Enzyme previously thought beneficial could pose threat to developing embryos

Liposuction to manage lymphedema? An interview with Professor John Boyages

Liposuction to manage lymphedema? An interview with Professor John Boyages

Scientists reveal mechanism involved in regulation of lymphangiogenesis

Scientists reveal mechanism involved in regulation of lymphangiogenesis

ImpediMed introduces L-Dex system for clinical assessment of lymphedema in U.S.

ImpediMed introduces L-Dex system for clinical assessment of lymphedema in U.S.

New NYUCN study examines validity of symptoms for detecting breast cancer-related lymphedema

New NYUCN study examines validity of symptoms for detecting breast cancer-related lymphedema

Study explores link between obesity and breast-cancer related lymphedema

Study explores link between obesity and breast-cancer related lymphedema

Better visualization in complex reconstructive surgery with ZEISS Opmi Pentero 800 surgical microscope

Better visualization in complex reconstructive surgery with ZEISS Opmi Pentero 800 surgical microscope