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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.
Origin of the mammalian lymphatic vasculature

Origin of the mammalian lymphatic vasculature

World's first study into air travel and breast cancer condition

World's first study into air travel and breast cancer condition

Exercise and yoga improves quality of life in women with early-stage breast cancer

Exercise and yoga improves quality of life in women with early-stage breast cancer

FDA approves gene test to detect spread of breast cancer into lymph nodes

FDA approves gene test to detect spread of breast cancer into lymph nodes

FDA approves Norditropin for short stature in children with Noonan syndrome

FDA approves Norditropin for short stature in children with Noonan syndrome

WHO unveils new strategy to fight some of the most neglected tropical diseases

WHO unveils new strategy to fight some of the most neglected tropical diseases

Can strength-training exercises reduce or prevent lymphedema symptoms in breast cancer?

Can strength-training exercises reduce or prevent lymphedema symptoms in breast cancer?

Significant step forward in the genome era

Significant step forward in the genome era

Minimally invasive needle breast biopsies and sentinel node biopsies should be performed more routinely than they currently are

Minimally invasive needle breast biopsies and sentinel node biopsies should be performed more routinely than they currently are

Many breast cancer patients experience longterm arm and hand swelling after treatment

Many breast cancer patients experience longterm arm and hand swelling after treatment

Half of 580 women diagnosed with breast cancer in one study experienced lymphedema

Half of 580 women diagnosed with breast cancer in one study experienced lymphedema

Study sheds light on lymphedema

Study sheds light on lymphedema

Invention could help numerous lymphedema patients around the world

Invention could help numerous lymphedema patients around the world