Lymphedema arises when a transparent liquid called lymphatic-fluid accumulates in the soft tissues of the body, generally in the arms or legs. The lymphatic system includes lymph-vessels and … [More...]
We aim to provide helpful resources and information for lymphedema treatment, management and awareness.
Lymphedema is often developed as a result of breast cancer surgery and/or radiation therapy. It can occur months or even years after treatment is over.
Our goal is to bring awareness to the disorder. While there is no way to know if you will develop lymphedema after breast cancer, it's important to learn more about it. You should know the risk factors, take steps to reduce them, and be aware of early symptoms.
We hope we can help you to better understand the disorder and reduce your stress if you suffer from it.
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The frequency of lymphedema as a result of breast cancer treatment, radiation, or surgery varies from 10% to 40%. The incidence of invasive-cancer survivors in the United States at the beginning of the millennium has been estimated by the NCI, National Cancer Institute, to be 9.6 million, with 61% or 5.86 million over the age of 65. In addition, 20% occurrences of lymphedema affect the breast, neck, head, lower and upper limbs. However, this estimate does not include the possibility of an identical number of patients afflicted with lymphedema-secondary to recurring venous insufficiency.