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Joachim Zuther, Lymphedema Specialist. Read more
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Yoga for Lymphedema

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The newly released 2016 Yoga in America Study conducted by Yoga Journal and Yoga Alliance shows that the number of yoga practitioners in the United States has increased to more than 36 million, up from 20.4 million in 2012. Yoga, a practice rooted in over 5000 years of ancient Indian texts and traditions, . . . → Read More: Yoga for Lymphedema

Debunking Lymphedema Risk Reduction Behaviors: Not So Fast

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I would like to thank Dr. Judith Nudelman for writing this article on the importance of practicing appropriate risk reduction for individuals affected by, or at risk of developing lymphedema.

Dr. Nudelman is an Associate Professor of Family Medicine, Clinical at Alpert Medical School, Brown University. She is also a Certified Lymphedema Therapist . . . → Read More: Debunking Lymphedema Risk Reduction Behaviors: Not So Fast

Complications of Lymphedema

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Lymphedema is caused by a blockage or dysfunction of the lymphatic system, causing a disruption of the normal flow of lymph fluid, which may result in swelling affecting various parts of the body. Lymphedema most commonly presents in soft tissues of arms and legs; however, it may also affect the trunk, abdomen, head . . . → Read More: Complications of Lymphedema

Do’s and Don’ts for Lymphedema of the Leg

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Certain activities may trigger the onset of lymphedema, or may exacerbate the symptoms of existing lymphedema. Individuals affected by lymphedema and those at risk for developing it (everyone who has undergone lymph node excision and/or radiation treatments) should observe the following precautions. The “Do’s” and “Don’ts” below are based on decades of experience . . . → Read More: Do’s and Don’ts for Lymphedema of the Leg

Do’s and Don’ts for Lymphedema of the Arm

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Certain activities may trigger the onset of lymphedema, or may exacerbate the symptoms of existing lymphedema. Individuals affected by primary or secondary lymphedema and those at risk for developing it (everyone who has undergone lymph node excision and/or radiation treatments) should observe the following precautions. The “Do’s” and “Don’ts” below are based on . . . → Read More: Do’s and Don’ts for Lymphedema of the Arm

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

Radiation-Induced Brachial Plexopathy

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Today I would like to address the important and often neglected issue of radiation induced brachial plexopathy (RIBP), and how it relates to lymphedema. This first part covers the causes and symptoms of this condition, the next blog entry will discuss the treatment of RIBP with special considerations to the presence of lymphedema.

Radiation-Induced . . . → Read More: Radiation-Induced Brachial Plexopathy

Lymphedema Risk Reduction

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The surgical procedures performed on individuals affected by breast cancer may be mastectomy, partial mastectomy, or lumpectomy. Along with the actual breast surgery for cancer, axillary lymph nodes are removed and/or radiated. As a result of axillary lymph node clearance, the normal lymphatic drainage from the extremity is impaired, and some patients experience the onset . . . → Read More: Lymphedema Risk Reduction