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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.
Somatic mutation may act as a natural gene therapy in patients with rare autosomal disease

Somatic mutation may act as a natural gene therapy in patients with rare autosomal disease

Study offers the standard of surgical care for early-stage breast cancer

Study offers the standard of surgical care for early-stage breast cancer

COVID-19-related interruptions in rehabilitation care causes emotional distress in breast cancer survivors

COVID-19-related interruptions in rehabilitation care causes emotional distress in breast cancer survivors

A novel gene involved in primary lymphedema identified

A novel gene involved in primary lymphedema identified

Renowned Harley Street hospital performs pioneering dual breast surgery

Renowned Harley Street hospital performs pioneering dual breast surgery

Study: Breast cancer reduction efforts show mixed progress

Study: Breast cancer reduction efforts show mixed progress

Technology effectively detects harsh side effect of breast cancer treatment

Technology effectively detects harsh side effect of breast cancer treatment

Scientists develop new tool using machine learning to diagnose lymphedema

Scientists develop new tool using machine learning to diagnose lymphedema

Using genomics to identify promising novel treatment for lymphatic filariasis

Using genomics to identify promising novel treatment for lymphatic filariasis

Older women with DCIS gain no benefit from sentinel lymph node biopsy

Older women with DCIS gain no benefit from sentinel lymph node biopsy

Compression garments can ease lymphedema. Covering costs? Not so easy.

Compression garments can ease lymphedema. Covering costs? Not so easy.

New guidance from oncology experts recommends tailored exercise prescriptions

New guidance from oncology experts recommends tailored exercise prescriptions

New recommendations outline specific 'exercise prescriptions' for cancer survivors

New recommendations outline specific 'exercise prescriptions' for cancer survivors

New guidance recommends systematic use of 'exercise prescription' for cancer patients

New guidance recommends systematic use of 'exercise prescription' for cancer patients

Mercy's Hoffberger Breast Center offers new device to make lymphedema screening quick and easy

Mercy's Hoffberger Breast Center offers new device to make lymphedema screening quick and easy

Scientists identify PoEMs that promote breast cancer metastasis

Scientists identify PoEMs that promote breast cancer metastasis

New cellular processes controlling the formation of lymphatic valves found

New cellular processes controlling the formation of lymphatic valves found

Propranolol's target in treating rare vascular syndrome and hemangioma discovered

Propranolol's target in treating rare vascular syndrome and hemangioma discovered

Bioimpedance spectroscopy better than tape measure for assessing woman's lymphedema risk

Bioimpedance spectroscopy better than tape measure for assessing woman's lymphedema risk

Bioimpedance device better than tape measure for assessing lymphedema risk in women

Bioimpedance device better than tape measure for assessing lymphedema risk in women