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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.
Study explores work experiences and quality of life for Hispanic survivors

Study explores work experiences and quality of life for Hispanic survivors

Exploring the impact of climate change on lymphedema symptoms

Exploring the impact of climate change on lymphedema symptoms

Soft robotic sleeve for lymphedema treatment reduces cost, weight, and power consumption

Soft robotic sleeve for lymphedema treatment reduces cost, weight, and power consumption

Smart textile arm sleeve will be an effective and easy-to-use treatment for lymphedema patients

Smart textile arm sleeve will be an effective and easy-to-use treatment for lymphedema patients

Older female cancer survivors face challenges with physical activity due to chronic lower extremity lymphedema

Older female cancer survivors face challenges with physical activity due to chronic lower extremity lymphedema

Melanoma patients do better on immunotherapy than completion lymph node dissection

Melanoma patients do better on immunotherapy than completion lymph node dissection

Five-day course of preoperative radiation therapy for sarcoma provides excellent local control rates

Five-day course of preoperative radiation therapy for sarcoma provides excellent local control rates

Study identifies Foxo1 gene as a potential treatment target for hereditary lymphedema

Study identifies Foxo1 gene as a potential treatment target for hereditary lymphedema

King Edward VII’s new approach reduces damaging side effects of breast cancer surgeries

King Edward VII’s new approach reduces damaging side effects of breast cancer surgeries

New tool allows surgeons to pinpoint breast tumors more easily

New tool allows surgeons to pinpoint breast tumors more easily

Breast cancer treatment can be safely reduced in women over the age of 70

Breast cancer treatment can be safely reduced in women over the age of 70

Researchers elucidate mechanism by which blood and lymph vessels remain separated

Researchers elucidate mechanism by which blood and lymph vessels remain separated

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