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The Benefits of Education Plus Early Diagnosis and Treatment of Breast Cancer Related Lymphedema

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I am very grateful to Carol Doeringer, lymphedema patient and advocate, who submitted yet another insightful contribution on the subject of breast cancer related lymphedema (BCRL). The material is excerpted from a self-study course Carol has developed with the support of friends and experts in the lymphedema and nursing communities. The course is called Breast Cancer-Related Lymphedema: . . . → Read More: The Benefits of Education Plus Early Diagnosis and Treatment of Breast Cancer Related Lymphedema

The Effect of Post-Surgical Exercise and Therapy on Breast Cancer Related Lymphedema Risk

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I am very grateful to Carol Doeringer, lymphedema patient and advocate, who submitted this interesting and very insightful contribution on the risk factors contributing to breast cancer related lymphedema. The material is excerpted from a self-study course Carol has developed with the support of friends and experts in the lymphedema and nursing communities. . . . → Read More: The Effect of Post-Surgical Exercise and Therapy on Breast Cancer Related Lymphedema Risk

The Risk of Breast Cancer Related Lymphedema Over Time

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I am very grateful to Carol Doeringer, lymphedema patient and advocate, who submitted this interesting and very insightful contribution on the risk factors contributing to breast cancer related lymphedema. The material is excerpted from a self-study course Carol has developed with the support of friends and experts in the lymphedema and nursing communities. . . . → Read More: The Risk of Breast Cancer Related Lymphedema Over Time

Secondary Lymphedema

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Secondary lymphedema results from an identifiable damage leading to disruption or obstruction of normally-functioning lymph vessels and/or lymph nodes and may present in the extremities, trunk, abdomen, head and neck and external genitalia.

Worldwide, the most widespread cause of secondary lymphedema is an infection with a thread-like worm named wucheria bancrofti, which leads . . . → Read More: Secondary Lymphedema

Lower Extremity Lymphedema Symptom Online Survey

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Sheila H. Ridner, PhD, RN, FAAN, Associate Professor at the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing asked me to share with you a call to individuals affected by lower extremity lymphedema to participate in a fully on-line study regarding symptoms experienced by these patients. Anyone with lower limb swelling can participate; names are not . . . → Read More: Lower Extremity Lymphedema Symptom Online Survey

Call to Lymphedema Therapists to Participate in Online Survey

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Dear Practicing Lymphedema Therapist,

The American Lymphedema Framework Project (ALFP) invites you to participate in their second biennial online survey. The ALFP is a national initiative developed under the leadership of recognized clinical experts and investigators in the field of lymphedema. As a collaboration of health care providers, researchers, educators, patients, and industry . . . → Read More: Call to Lymphedema Therapists to Participate in Online Survey

What is Lymphatic Filariasis?

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Endemic regions for filariasis

Lymphatic Filariasis (LF) is the primary cause for lymphedema worldwide and is a painful and extremely disfiguring disease, which has been identified by the World Health Organization (WHO) as a leading cause for permanent and long-term disability in the world. It is a tropical disease, endemic to more than 80 regions . . . → Read More: What is Lymphatic Filariasis?

Pharmaceutical Options in the Treatment of Lymphedema

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The use of drugs in the treatment of lymphedema in the Western Hemisphere is generally limited to antibiotics, which are used to prevent and treat infections commonly associated with lymphedema. As stated in the Position Paper of the National Lymphedema Network, lymphedema should not be treated exclusively with drugs or dietary supplements. Following . . . → Read More: Pharmaceutical Options in the Treatment of Lymphedema

Axillary Web Syndrome

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A number of patients who underwent  axillary lymph node dissection (ALND) in combination with breast cancer surgery experience postoperative pain and limited range of motion associated with a palpable cord of tissue extending from the axilla into the arm on the same side. This condition is known as Axillary Web Syndrome (AWS), or Cording Syndrome is little . . . → Read More: Axillary Web Syndrome

Screening and Measurements for Early Detection of Breast Cancer Related Lymphedema

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The National Lymphedema Network (NLN) published a new Position Paper on “Screening and Measurements for Early Detection of Breast Cancer Related Lymphedema” in response to recent developments in breast cancer related lymphedema.

The publication of this paper is vital new information for breast cancer survivors at risk for lymphedema. The NLN Medical Advisory . . . → Read More: Screening and Measurements for Early Detection of Breast Cancer Related Lymphedema