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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.
Devon Medical Products receives PDAC approval for extriCARE 2400 system

Devon Medical Products receives PDAC approval for extriCARE 2400 system

Four new studies on the treatment of early breast cancer

Four new studies on the treatment of early breast cancer

Study to investigate how breast cancer patients might benefit from exercise

Study to investigate how breast cancer patients might benefit from exercise

Liposuction effective in treating submental lymphedema in patients with head and neck cancer

Liposuction effective in treating submental lymphedema in patients with head and neck cancer

Preoperative breast cancer pain involves an inflammatory process

Preoperative breast cancer pain involves an inflammatory process

Innovative model of breast cancer rehabilitation

Innovative model of breast cancer rehabilitation

New supplement outlines prospective surveillance model for breast cancer

New supplement outlines prospective surveillance model for breast cancer

More than 60% of breast cancer survivors report post-treatment complications

More than 60% of breast cancer survivors report post-treatment complications

FDA clears Devon Medical Products’ extriCARE 2400 NPWT system

FDA clears Devon Medical Products’ extriCARE 2400 NPWT system

Transgenic mice to visualize metastasis and inflammation

Transgenic mice to visualize metastasis and inflammation

New imaging probes can non-invasively detect breast cancer lymph node metastasis

New imaging probes can non-invasively detect breast cancer lymph node metastasis

Prospective surveillance model can reduce treatment costs for breast cancer-related lymphedema

Prospective surveillance model can reduce treatment costs for breast cancer-related lymphedema

Benefits of exercise for breast cancer patients with lymphedema

Benefits of exercise for breast cancer patients with lymphedema

Prox1 gene plays a critical role in formation and maintenance of lymphatic system

Prox1 gene plays a critical role in formation and maintenance of lymphatic system

Conference highlights advances in evidence-based integrative therapies for cancer

Conference highlights advances in evidence-based integrative therapies for cancer

NIH awards $452,218 for research on proinflammatory biomarkers and post-breast cancer lymphedema

NIH awards $452,218 for research on proinflammatory biomarkers and post-breast cancer lymphedema

New sleepwear now available for post-surgery breast cancer patients

New sleepwear now available for post-surgery breast cancer patients

Laurantis Pharma's Lymfactin rebuilds lymphatic vessels in pre-clinical animal models

Laurantis Pharma's Lymfactin rebuilds lymphatic vessels in pre-clinical animal models

New studies on breast cancer screening, treatment and survival

New studies on breast cancer screening, treatment and survival

Researchers discover new genetic defect that predisposes people to leukemia, myelodysplasia

Researchers discover new genetic defect that predisposes people to leukemia, myelodysplasia