Oncology & Cancer

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 ...

Oncology & Cancer

Anti-inflammatory drug effective for treating lymphedema symptoms

For more than three decades, Lisa Hanson did her best to hide the unsightly fluid retention in her left leg that caused uncomfortable swelling and made her skin taut and thickened. At 17, when she was first diagnosed with ...

Oncology & Cancer

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 ...

Oncology & Cancer

Device might detect breast cancer-linked swelling sooner

(HealthDay)—Testing for small changes in the flow of lymph fluids after breast cancer surgery can spot the start of a painful swelling known as lymphedema before it becomes hard to treat, a new study suggests.

Oncology & Cancer

Pneumatic compression promising for lymphedema

(HealthDay)—One treatment session with advanced pneumatic compression is associated with reduced cancer-related head and neck lymphedema, according to a study published online Nov. 13 in Head & Neck.

Oncology & Cancer

Replacing lymph nodes to ease painful legacy of cancer care

Breast cancer treatment left Susan Wolfe-Tank with an arm too painfully swollen to lift anything heavy or even fit into her usual clothing—a debilitating condition that gets little attention and has no cure.

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Lymphedema

Lymphedema (lymphoedema in British English), also known as lymphatic obstruction, is a condition of localized fluid retention and tissue swelling caused by a compromised lymphatic system.

The lymphatic system returns the interstitial fluid to the thoracic duct and then to the bloodstream, where it is recirculated back to the tissues.

Tissues with lymphedema are at risk of infection.

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