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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.
Lx Therapies, BioCis partner to form Laurantis Pharma

Lx Therapies, BioCis partner to form Laurantis Pharma

Breast cancer specialists offer new technology for patients to detect early-stage lymphedema

Breast cancer specialists offer new technology for patients to detect early-stage lymphedema

Nonsurgical methods to identify critical lymph nodes in patients with breast cancer

Nonsurgical methods to identify critical lymph nodes in patients with breast cancer

Study finds breast cancer patients do not benefit from axillary lymph node dissection

Study finds breast cancer patients do not benefit from axillary lymph node dissection

Accelerated completes acquisition of SPTRS, Burkam

Accelerated completes acquisition of SPTRS, Burkam

3M sues Andover for patent infringement over two layer compression bandage systems

3M sues Andover for patent infringement over two layer compression bandage systems

Combination of SPECT and CT scans could offer protection against lymphedema in breast cancer patients

Combination of SPECT and CT scans could offer protection against lymphedema in breast cancer patients

Weightlifting may help prevent lymphedema following breast cancer treatment

Weightlifting may help prevent lymphedema following breast cancer treatment

Weightlifting program does not increase risk of lymphedema in breast cancer survivors

Weightlifting program does not increase risk of lymphedema in breast cancer survivors

New cyber-database enables access to information on lymphedema

New cyber-database enables access to information on lymphedema

One-third of breast cancer survivors rate breast-conserving treatments as fair

One-third of breast cancer survivors rate breast-conserving treatments as fair

Pathology experts to evaluate medical, surgical breast cancer treatment at World Senologyc Congress

Pathology experts to evaluate medical, surgical breast cancer treatment at World Senologyc Congress

Research finds air travel causes low risk for lymphedema

Research finds air travel causes low risk for lymphedema

Wound Management Technologies' CellerateRX introduced at DFWG congress in South Africa

Wound Management Technologies' CellerateRX introduced at DFWG congress in South Africa

Pathology experts meet to at SESPM to update new advances in breast surgery

Pathology experts meet to at SESPM to update new advances in breast surgery

New study of breast cancer survivors may help physicians ease side effect of treatments

New study of breast cancer survivors may help physicians ease side effect of treatments

CIHR grants $2.5 million to probe impact of physical activity on breast cancer

CIHR grants $2.5 million to probe impact of physical activity on breast cancer

Innovative imaging system uses night vision technology to tackle common side effect of cancer treatment

Innovative imaging system uses night vision technology to tackle common side effect of cancer treatment

Community-based lymphatic filariasis education increases treatment compliance up to 90%: Study

Community-based lymphatic filariasis education increases treatment compliance up to 90%: Study

CDP treatment can reduce pain and swelling in CVI patients

CDP treatment can reduce pain and swelling in CVI patients