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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.
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

Foot ulcers: One of the many challenges of diabetics

Foot ulcers: One of the many challenges of diabetics

Weightlifting increases self-esteem among breast cancer survivors: Study

Weightlifting increases self-esteem among breast cancer survivors: Study

NCCN Guidelines for breast cancer does not recommend prophylactic mastectomy in women

NCCN Guidelines for breast cancer does not recommend prophylactic mastectomy in women

Egypt Race for the Cure supports breast cancer programs

Egypt Race for the Cure supports breast cancer programs

Physical therapists can promote early diagnosis of breast cancer-related lymphedema

Physical therapists can promote early diagnosis of breast cancer-related lymphedema

Clothes for women who undergo a mastectomy

Clothes for women who undergo a mastectomy

Weight training reduces lymphedema symptoms after breast cancer surgery

Weight training reduces lymphedema symptoms after breast cancer surgery

Weight training reduces lymphedema symptoms after breast cancer surgery

Weight training reduces lymphedema symptoms after breast cancer surgery

New molecule blocks lymphangiogenesis

New molecule blocks lymphangiogenesis

Study links arm/hand swelling to number of lymph nodes removed during breast cancer surgery

Study links arm/hand swelling to number of lymph nodes removed during breast cancer surgery

Super-microsurgical technique brings hope to breast cancer patients with lymphedema

Super-microsurgical technique brings hope to breast cancer patients with lymphedema

Overweight or obesity increases lymphedema risk for breast cancer survivors

Overweight or obesity increases lymphedema risk for breast cancer survivors

Synerx Pharma announces FDA submission of Isosulfan Blue injection ANDA

Synerx Pharma announces FDA submission of Isosulfan Blue injection ANDA

Improving quality of life after breast cancer treatment

Improving quality of life after breast cancer treatment

Gene could 'knock the sox' off cancer!

Gene could 'knock the sox' off cancer!

Some cases of breast cancer overtreated

Some cases of breast cancer overtreated

Cancer survivors are living "in limbo" with unmet needs for care

Cancer survivors are living "in limbo" with unmet needs for care