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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.
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

LWW sponsors symposium on wound care

LWW sponsors symposium on wound care

Exercise helps patients recover shoulder movement after breast cancer surgery

Exercise helps patients recover shoulder movement after breast cancer surgery

Cancer patients should find ways to be physically active during and after treatment: New national guidelines

Cancer patients should find ways to be physically active during and after treatment: New national guidelines

Research finding could lead to first-ever target for drug therapy for lymphedema

Research finding could lead to first-ever target for drug therapy for lymphedema

Honey beneficial for treatment of fungating tumor wounds

Honey beneficial for treatment of fungating tumor wounds

3M files lawsuit against Andover Healthcare over CoFlex 2 Layer Compression System

3M files lawsuit against Andover Healthcare over CoFlex 2 Layer Compression System

JVC offers treatment for vascular diseases and thrombotic disorders under one roof

JVC offers treatment for vascular diseases and thrombotic disorders under one roof

Conference for Young Women Affected by Breast Cancer: 10th anniversary

Conference for Young Women Affected by Breast Cancer: 10th anniversary

Health experts explore risk reduction and management strategies for lymphedema

Health experts explore risk reduction and management strategies for lymphedema

Researchers develop guidelines for assessment, treatment and management of lymphedema

Researchers develop guidelines for assessment, treatment and management of lymphedema

Baylor Sammons Breast Center receives accreditation from NAPBC

Baylor Sammons Breast Center receives accreditation from NAPBC

Medical professionals and breast cancer survivors to attend 10th international conference in Georgia

Medical professionals and breast cancer survivors to attend 10th international conference in Georgia