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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.
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

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

Study provides new data on health-related quality of life in patients with chronic edema

Study provides new data on health-related quality of life in patients with chronic edema

Study yields patient-driven recommendations to reduce breast cancer-related financial burden

Study yields patient-driven recommendations to reduce breast cancer-related financial burden

Mercy Medical Center announces installation of premium Resona 7 ultrasound machines

Mercy Medical Center announces installation of premium Resona 7 ultrasound machines

Economic burden of breast cancer can continue long after diagnosis

Economic burden of breast cancer can continue long after diagnosis

Machine learning approach can accurately detect lymphedema among breast cancer survivors

Machine learning approach can accurately detect lymphedema among breast cancer survivors

Early intervention highly effective in reversing lymphedema

Early intervention highly effective in reversing lymphedema

Researchers refine two innovative surgery techniques for effective treatment of lymphedema

Researchers refine two innovative surgery techniques for effective treatment of lymphedema

Scientists unravel structure of protein behind sense of touch

Scientists unravel structure of protein behind sense of touch

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