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Joachim Zuther, Lymphedema Specialist. Read more
Lohmann Rauscher
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Options of Care for Compression Garments

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The primary role of compression garments in lymphedema management is to maintain the reduction of the swelling achieved during the intensive treatment phase of Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT). A high level of consistency in providing the appropriate compression is crucial in order to avoid re-accumulation of evacuated lymphedema fluid. This consistency is provided . . . → Read More: Options of Care for Compression Garments

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

When is it Lymphedema?

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“After a day of sitting in the office my ankles are swollen.”

“During the last several months of my pregnancy, my legs practically doubled in size”

“My fingers and hand frequently get puffy following a long hike”

“My arm started swelling after I had surgery for my breast cancer”

“Following the removal of . . . → Read More: When is it 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

Updated NLN Position Paper on Diagnosis and Treatment of Lymphedema

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The National Lymphedema Network (NLN) published the updated Position Paper on the “Diagnosis and Treatment of Lymphedema”.

This extensive re-written document covers all areas relevant in lymphedema management, to include diagnostic procedures.

Here is a summary:

Summary on Treatment and Diagnosis of Lymphedema

Treatment of lymphedema should be undertaken only after a . . . → Read More: Updated NLN Position Paper on Diagnosis and Treatment of Lymphedema

Skin and Nail Care in Lymphedema Management

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Skin and nail care play an essential role in both prevention of lymphedema in those patients at risk of developing this condition, and in the management of existing lymphedema. Current methods of cancer treatment lower the risk of developing lymphedema. However, if a patient had surgery involving the lymphatic system – a radical . . . → Read More: Skin and Nail Care in Lymphedema Management

Treatment of RIBP in the Presence of Lymphedema

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This is the second part of  Radiation-Induced Brachial Plexopathy (RIBP) and Lymphedema. The last blog entry covered the causes and symptoms. This entry covers the treatment and how it relates to the presence of lymphedema.

How is RIBP treated?

Although surgical procedures to decompress the brachial plexus and re-vascularize the nerves and surrounding tissues . . . → Read More: Treatment of RIBP in the Presence of Lymphedema

Great News for Breast Cancer Patients

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A new study conducted by the American College of Surgeons Oncology Group, which was just published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, may significantly change current procedures on removal of axillary lymph nodes.

The study suggests that for about 20 percent of women affected by breast cancer, who meet certain criteria, . . . → Read More: Great News for Breast Cancer Patients

The Benefit of Aquatic Exercise for Lymphedema

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Today I would like to share with you an article on aquatic exercises written by Mary Essert, B.A., ATRIC for this blog. Mary specializes in creation and delivery of water fitness and post rehab aquatic programs for individuals with disabilities and conditions such as Arthritis, Fibromyalgia, Breast Cancer, lymphedema, post Polio Syndrome and . . . → Read More: The Benefit of Aquatic Exercise for Lymphedema