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Joachim Zuther, Lymphedema Specialist. Read more
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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

Complete Decongestive Therapy in the Treatment of Lymphedema

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Complete decongestive therapy (CDT), sometimes referred to as complex decongestive therapy, or combined physical therapy is the internationally recognized “gold standard” treatment system for the vast majority of patients affected by lymphedema.

Backed by long standing experience, CDT has shown to be safe and effective as the standard therapy for lymphedema. It is . . . → Read More: Complete Decongestive Therapy in the Treatment of Lymphedema

Elastic Taping in Conjunction with Lymphedema Treatment

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During the past several years various techniques of elastic taping have become popular adjunct treatment modalities for lymphedema. While elastic taping has been applied for many years to treat conditions such as sports injuries or orthopedic problems, recent studies and patient reports indicate that this technique may also be a useful tool in . . . → Read More: Elastic Taping in Conjunction with Lymphedema Treatment

Secondary Lymphedema of the Head and Neck

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Lymphedema is a common late effect of cancer treatment in the head and neck region and may develop in a variety of external and internal anatomical locations of the head and neck.

As with lymphedema affecting other areas of the body, most often the upper and lower extremities, secondary lymphedema of the head . . . → Read More: Secondary Lymphedema of the Head and Neck

The Science behind Manual Lymph Drainage in the Treatment of Lymphedema

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Manual lymph drainage (MLD) is a gentle manual treatment technique based on four basic strokes, which were initially developed in the 1930’s by Dr. Emil Vodder, a PhD from Denmark. These basic strokes known as the “stationary circle”, “pump”, rotary” and “scoop” techniques are designed to manipulate lymph nodes and lymphatic vessels with . . . → Read More: The Science behind Manual Lymph Drainage in the Treatment of Lymphedema

The Role of Complete Decongestive Therapy in Breast Cancer Treatment Related Lymphedema

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Lymphedema is considered one of the most distressing and debilitating complications of breast cancer treatment and affects at least three million Americans. The underlying problem of lymphedema is a lymphatic dysfunction, resulting in abnormal accumulation of water and proteins primarily in the subcutaneous tissues, which can cause the onset of visible and palpable . . . → Read More: The Role of Complete Decongestive Therapy in Breast Cancer Treatment Related Lymphedema

A Message from the Lymphedema Treatment Act

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As of this writing, HR 2499 has 62 cosponsors!  Please help us reach our goal of getting to 100 this year.  At the end of this newsletter you’ll find the cosponsor list as of this publication – if you do not see your Representative’s name please write again at your earliest convenience, using the . . . → Read More: A Message from the Lymphedema Treatment Act

Comparison of Blood and Lymph Vessels

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The heart and blood vessels represent the main components of the circulatory system, which consists of an elaborate network of tubes throughout the body. The circulatory system involves the combined functioning of the heart, blood and blood vessels to deliver oxygen and nutrients to organ systems and tissues, and to remove waste products . . . → Read More: Comparison of Blood and Lymph Vessels

The Role of Short-Stretch Bandages in the Management of Lymphedema

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Compression therapy, like manual lymph drainage (MLD), exercises and skin care, is a main element of Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT). In most cases of lymphedema, the elastic fibers in skin tissues affected by lymphedema are damaged and unable to provide adequate resistance against the musculature working underneath, and the blood and lymph vessels . . . → Read More: The Role of Short-Stretch Bandages in the Management of Lymphedema

Manual Lymph Drainage and its Role in the Treatment of Lymphedema

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Manual lymph drainage (MLD) is one of the main components of complete decongestive therapy (CDT).  In combination with compression therapy, skin and nail care and decongestive exercises, MLD performs the crucial role of re-routing stagnated lymphatic fluid, which is essential in the treatment and management of primary and secondary lymphedema. This gentle manual . . . → Read More: Manual Lymph Drainage and its Role in the Treatment of Lymphedema