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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.
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

ZEISS adds INFRARED 800 to OPMI PENTERO 800 for reconstructive surgery

ZEISS adds INFRARED 800 to OPMI PENTERO 800 for reconstructive surgery

Advanced pneumatic compression device reduces cellulitis episodes, saves money for lymphedema patients

Advanced pneumatic compression device reduces cellulitis episodes, saves money for lymphedema patients

Weight training can make a big difference for breast cancer survivors

Weight training can make a big difference for breast cancer survivors

ElastiMed raises $1 million investment

ElastiMed raises $1 million investment

Innovative new device improves breast cancer treatment

Innovative new device improves breast cancer treatment

Additional radiation to surrounding lymph nodes provides added benefit to breast cancer patients

Additional radiation to surrounding lymph nodes provides added benefit to breast cancer patients

Study examines use of yoga therapy to address lymphedema

Study examines use of yoga therapy to address lymphedema

Ultrasound narrows which breast cancer patients need underarm lymph nodes removed

Ultrasound narrows which breast cancer patients need underarm lymph nodes removed

NQMBC recognizes Cancer Treatment Centers of America for providing quality breast cancer care

NQMBC recognizes Cancer Treatment Centers of America for providing quality breast cancer care

New studies offer hope for breast cancer survivors struggling with cancer-related pain, swelling

New studies offer hope for breast cancer survivors struggling with cancer-related pain, swelling

Chemotherapy, radiotherapy have no negative effect on unborn babies

Chemotherapy, radiotherapy have no negative effect on unborn babies

Devon Medical Products gets FDA marketing approval for extriCARE 3600 NPWT pump and foam kit

Devon Medical Products gets FDA marketing approval for extriCARE 3600 NPWT pump and foam kit

Physician describes ways to combat post-cancer pain

Physician describes ways to combat post-cancer pain

African American women with invasive breast cancer less likely to receive invasive technique

African American women with invasive breast cancer less likely to receive invasive technique

New technology can non-invasively image human lymphatic system

New technology can non-invasively image human lymphatic system