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Latest Lymphedema Stories

2010-02-17 14:03:27

COLUMBIA, Mo. "“ Lymphedema, a chronic swelling condition that can appear after breast cancer surgery, is a risk for 1.3 million breast cancer survivors. Although lymphedema can cause lifelong swelling in the arms, back, neck and chest, there is no national standard of diagnosis or care. Now, University of Missouri researchers are leading the American Lymphedema Framework Project (ALFP), a national, multi-disciplinary collaboration to develop comprehensive guidelines for the assessment,...

2009-11-04 08:55:34

Results Point to New Ways to Measure "“ and Improve "“ Quality of Life Among Survivors In addition to building muscle, weightlifting is also a prescription for self-esteem among breast cancer survivors, according to new University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine research. Breast cancer survivors who lift weights regularly feel better about bodies and their appearance and are more satisfied with their intimate relationships compared with survivors who do not lift weights,...

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2009-08-13 13:45:00

Breast cancer survivors can reduce the impact of post-surgery swelling by lifting weights, according to new research. Writing in the New England Journal of Medicine on Thursday, researchers from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine found that breast cancer survivors who lift weights and exercise their upper body can reduce the swelling symptoms of lymphedema. Lymphedema is a condition that results from treatment of breast cancer when lymph nodes are removed from under the arms....

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2009-08-10 12:15:00

Researchers in the laboratory of Dr. Jayakrishna Ambati at the University of Kentucky have discovered the first naturally occurring molecule that selectively blocks lymphatic vessel growth. In an article in the Aug. 9, 2009 online edition of Nature Medicine, they report the identification of a new molecule known as soluble VEGFR-2 that blocks lymphangiogenesis "“ the growth of lymphatics "“ but not blood vessel growth.The twin circulatory systems of mammals - blood and lymphatic -...

2009-06-18 14:10:00

NEW ORLEANS, June 18 /PRNewswire/ -- The St. Charles Surgical Hospital (SCSH) is proud to announce it is the first hospital to develop a dedicated and comprehensive lymphedema treatment program complete with trained specialists, therapists, and advanced cutting edge techniques. Drs. Scott Sullivan and Frank DellaCroce, principal surgeons at SCSH and co-founders of the Center for Restorative Breast Surgery, have created the first program of its kind in association with Marga F. Massey, MD,...

2009-03-24 14:12:45

Breast cancer patients with lymphedema in an upper arm experienced less fluid by up to 39 percent after undergoing a new technique, U.S. researchers said. Researchers at The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston said lymphedema results when the lymph nodes are removed or blocked due to treatment and lymph fluid accumulates causing chronic swelling in the upper arm. There is no cure or preventive measure for lymphedema and it is difficult to manage, the researchers said....

2009-02-12 07:30:00

Cancer Survivors Share Lifetime Risk for the Disease PHOENIX, Feb. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Although major advances have been made in the prevention and treatment of cancer, more attention needs to be given to one of the more serious side effects of surgery, radiation and chemotherapy -- the painful and often progressive condition called lymphedema, a panel of vascular experts reported today. "While we hear so much about cardiovascular disease, few physicians are familiar with lymphedema -- the...

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2008-12-30 14:59:17

Hospitals in many states nationwide are looking into new simple methods of reducing breast cancer survivors' risk of developing lymphedema. Lymphedema is a painful condition that causes a patient's arm to swell. It is a common side effect of cancer treatments such as surgery and radiation. "I have ladies tell me the lymphedema is much worse than their cancer because the cancer's cured," says Dr. Electra Paskett, an epidemiologist at Ohio State University. Paskett is among those health care...

2008-12-02 09:00:00

NEWPORT NEWS, Va., and SAN DIEGO, Dec. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- The Patient Advocate Foundation (PAF), with support from ImpediMed Ltd. (ASX: IPD), is pleased to announce the launch of the Lymphedema CareLine (LCL). PAF, through its MedCare Division, is offering the national, toll-free patient/provider hotline designed to provide information and assistance to breast cancer patients who are or may be at risk for post-treatment side effects such as lymphedema (swelling due to blockage in the...

2008-10-30 18:00:29

SAN DIEGO, Oct. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- A large number of breast cancer survivors received complimentary L-Dex readings as part of the "Know Your L-Dex" awareness campaign activities at recent Komen Race for the Cure(R) events in Houston and Dallas. (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20081030/NY43020 ) Dr. Walton Taylor, a breast surgeon at the Medical City Dallas Hospital, provided survivors with complimentary readings using an FDA-cleared L-Dex medical device developed by...