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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 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

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