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Technology better than tape measure for identifying lymphedema risk
Bioimpedance spectroscopy (BIS) is better than a tape measure for assessing a woman's risk for developing lymphedema, painful swelling in the arm after breast cancer surgery. (2019-05-07)
How does chronic edema impact health-related quality of life?
Final results of the large, international LIMPRINT study have provided new data on the prevalence of chronic swelling and the devastating impact it can have on health-related quality of life. (2019-04-26)
Breast cancer patients weigh in on addressing financial burdens
A qualitative study led by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health yielded nine patient-driven recommendations across circumstances that include changes to insurance, supportive services and financial assistance to reduce long-term, breast cancer-related economic burden. (2019-03-06)
Axillary RT and lymph node surgery yielded comparable outcomes for patients with breast cancer
Patients with early-stage breast cancer who had cancer detected in a sentinel lymph node biopsy had comparable 10-year recurrence and survival rates following either axillary radiotherapy or axillary lymph node dissection, according to data from the randomized, phase III AMAROS clinical trial presented at the 2018 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium. (2018-12-06)
Anti-inflammatory drug effective for treating lymphedema symptoms
Two early-stage clinical trials led by Stanford researchers have shown that ketoprofen can improve skin damage in patients with lymphedema. (2018-10-18)
New findings cast light on lymphatic system, key player in human health
Defects in the lymphatic system have been linked to a wide range of health consequences, but new findings of how the system works could lead to future therapies. (2018-10-16)
The long-term financial toll of breast cancer
The financial fallout from breast cancer can last years after diagnosis, particularly for those with lymphedema, a common side effect from treatment, causing cumulative and cascading economic consequences for survivors, their families, and society, a study led by Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health researchers suggests. (2018-08-22)
Machine learning helps detect lymphedema among breast cancer survivors
Machine learning using real-time symptom reports can accurately detect lymphedema, a distressing side effect of breast cancer treatment that is more easily treated when identified early, finds a new study led by NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing and published in the journal mHealth. (2018-06-07)
Mass. General study reveals how MRSA infection compromises lymphatic function
Massachusetts General Hospital investigators find that MRSA infection impairs the ability of lymphatic vessels to pump lymphatic fluid to lymph nodes in mouse models, which may contribute to the frequent recurrences of MRSA infection experienced by patients. (2018-01-17)
Risk of non-infectious elephantiasis mapped in Cameroon
Both the etiology and demographics of podoconiosis, a non-infectious disease which causes massive swelling of the legs, are poorly understood. (2018-01-11)
Lymphedema after cancer treatment -- special issue of Rehabilitation Oncology presents research update
Individuals who have been treated for cancer are at risk for a complication called lymphedema: swelling in the body region where lymph nodes were removed, causing pain and limited function. (2018-01-04)
Researchers get first complete look at protein behind sense of touch
The findings point the way to targeting diseases where this protein is mutated. (2017-12-20)
Long-lasting blood vessel repair in animals via stem cells
An Emory/Yonsei team developed a new method for generating endothelial cells, which make up the lining of blood vessels, from human iPSCs.. (2017-10-23)
Portable 3-D scanner assesses patients with elephantiasis
An estimated 120 million people worldwide are infected with lymphatic filariasis, a parasitic, mosquito-borne disease that can cause major swelling and deformity of the legs, a condition known as elephantiasis. (2017-10-16)
World's first super-microsurgery operation with 'robot hands'
Plastic surgeons at Maastricht University Medical Center have used a robotic device to surgically treat lymphedema in a patient. (2017-10-02)
Study: Common surgical treatment for melanoma does not improve patients' overall survival
Patients who receive the standard surgical treatment for melanoma that has spread to one or more key lymph nodes do not live longer, a major new study shows. (2017-06-07)
NYU researchers study patients' genetic and susceptibility risk factors for lymphedema
Genetic variations may be one of the important factors that influence breast cancer survivors' responses to the inflammatory processes and vulnerability to lymphedema. (2017-02-08)
Actress Kathy Bates to be honored at Research!America's Advocacy Awards Dinner
Kathy Bates, award-winning actress and Lymphatic Education & Research Network (LE&RN) spokesperson, will receive Research!America's Isadore Rosenfeld Award for Impact on Public Opinion for raising the visibility of lymphedema and lymphatic diseases and advocating tirelessly on behalf of the patient community. (2017-01-18)
Fat fuels the road to cancer cell spread
Cancer cells spread to other sites in the body through promoting the growth of new 'roads' to travel on. (2016-12-26)
Researchers identify cause for lower-extremity overgrowths in obese patients
Morbidly obese individuals are prone to overgrowths in their lower extremities that can lead to infections and other health-threatening complications. (2016-11-30)
Andrea Cheville, M.D., of Mayo Clinic elected to the National Academy of Medicine
Andrea Cheville, M.D., physical medicine and rehabilitation researcher and director of the Cancer Rehabilitation Program at Mayo Clinic, has been elected to the National Academy of Medicine. (2016-10-19)
New study links neuropilin 2 deficiency to inflammation-induced edema & lymphedema
Edema frequently occurs in chronic inflammatory diseases including psoriasis and eczema. (2016-10-14)
Treating the inflammation in lymphedema
ETH researchers have discovered that certain cells in the immune system suppress the development of lymphedema. (2016-10-11)
Mobile self-care apps for early identification & treatment of lymphedema
The development of TOLF was motivated by the request from breast cancer survivors in our prior research where nurse-patient-in-person delivery model was used and guided by the Model of Self-Care for Lymphedema Symptom Management based on our prior research in the figure above. (2016-10-03)
Oklahoma researchers find that a biological 'good guy' has a dark side
A pair of Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation scientists have discovered that an enzyme previously thought only to be beneficial could, in fact, pose significant danger to developing embryos. (2016-05-04)
Scientists reveal new target for anti-lymphangiogenesis drugs
In an emerging field of research, a study in Nature Communications reveals a mechanism in the regulation of lymphangiogenesis. (2016-04-12)
NYU study identifies method for detecting latent stage of lymphedema
NYU Nursing researchers examined the validity, sensitivity, and specificity of symptoms for detecting breast cancer-related related lymphedema. (2015-12-18)
NYU nursing study examines obesity in relation to breast cancer related lymphedema
Lymphedema is a major health problem negatively affecting many breast cancer survivors survivors' quality of life. (2015-12-17)
Advanced device improves health and saves costs for patients with lymphedema
Lymphedema patients saw a nearly 80 percent reduction in their cellulitis episodes just by using an advanced pneumatic compression device at home, according to a study in JAMA Dermatology co-authored by Vanderbilt University School of Nursing Professor Sheila Ridner, Ph.D., MSHSA, FAAN, and University of Minnesota School of Public Health Associate Professor Pinar Karaca-Mandic, Ph.D. (2015-10-07)
Flow means 'go' for proper lymph system development
The lymph system provides a slow flow of fluid from tissues into the blood. (2015-07-27)
Additional radiation reduces breast-cancer recurrence for some patients: Hamilton study
A study has found no increase in overall survival but a reduction in breast cancer recurrence when additional radiation is given to the lymph nodes as well as the standard treatment of whole-breast irradiation after breast-conserving surgery. (2015-07-22)
The origin of the lymphatic vasculature uncovered
In a new study, published in Cell Reports, researchers at Uppsala University describe a novel mechanism by which lymphatic vessels form during embryonic development. (2015-03-12)
Which breast cancer patients need lymph nodes removed? Ultrasound narrows it down, study finds
Which breast cancer patients need to have underarm lymph nodes removed? (2015-02-02)
Studies show exercise therapy, acupuncture benefit breast cancer survivors
Two new studies from the Abramson Cancer Center and the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania offer hope for breast cancer survivors struggling with cancer-related pain and swelling, and point to ways to enhance muscular strength and body image. (2014-11-04)
Patient-reported data shows RT does not increase risk of lymphedema in node-negative BC patients
A secondary analysis of the National Surgical Adjuvant Breast and Bowel Project B-32 trial indicates that radiation therapy does not increase the incidence of lymphedema in patients with node-negative breast cancer, according to research presented today at the American Society for Radiation Oncology's 56th Annual Meeting. (2014-09-14)
African American women with breast cancer less likely to have newer, recommended surgical procedure
African American women with early stage, invasive breast cancer were 12 percent less likely than Caucasian women with the same diagnosis to receive a minimally invasive technique, axillary sentinel lymph node biopsy, even as the procedure had become the standard of surgical practice, according to research from The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. (2014-06-19)
Racial disparities in sentinel lymph node biopsy in women with breast cancer
The use of sentinel lymph node biopsy to stage early breast cancer increased in both black and white women from 2002 to 2007, but the rates remained lower in black than white patients, a disparity that contributed to disparities in the risk for lymphedema (arm swelling common after breast cancer treatment because of damage to the lymphatic system). (2014-06-18)
Lasers and night-vision technology help improve imaging of hidden lymphatic system
Detecting lymphedema early, before swelling occurs, would lead to better outcomes for patients, but the major barrier preventing early diagnosis is the lack of high-resolution imaging techniques that can resolve these tiny vessels. (2014-06-03)
NYU researchers pilot educational and behavioral program to reduce lymphedema risk
NYU researchers conducted a pilot study to evaluate a patient-centered educational and behavioral self-care program called The Optimal Lymph Flow. (2014-05-28)
McMaster researchers test bandaging for swollen arm
As a complication of treatment, breast cancer patients may develop swelling in the arm, called lymphedema, which can last a long time. (2013-11-13)
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