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Replacing lymph nodes to ease painful legacy of cancer care

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By: LAURAN NEERGAARD Associated Press From: thebrunswicknews.com 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. Desperate, the Wisconsin woman traveled hundreds of miles to seek a delicate operation — replacing under-arm lymph nodes …

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Underreported Complication From Breast Cancer Treatment Gets New Attention And Hope For Improved Care

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Source: Montefiore Health System From: PR Newswire International Panel Delivers Lymphedema Diagnosis and Treatment Standards for the First Time Breast cancer related lymphedema (BCRL), a common and painful, yet underreported side effect of surgery and radiation, is getting fresh attention, courtesy of new guidelines from internationally recognized breast surgeons. Their recommendations, published in the Annals of Surgical Oncology, tackle BCRL, …

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New Procedure Offers Relief to Breast Cancer Survivors Suffering From Lymphedema

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New surgeryBy: Doreen Gentzler and Christina Romano From: nbcwashington.com Many breast cancer survivors suffer from a condition called lymphedema, but a new procedure can offer relief. Lymphedema is a significant problem that can happen when lymph nodes, usually under the arm, are removed, which often happens during surgery for breast cancer, in some cases because the cancer spread to the …

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Five Proposed Breast Cancer Bills You Should Know About

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From: komen.org Each year, Susan G. Komen identifies the Priority Issues that will be the focus of our advocacy efforts for the coming year (read more here). But these aren’t the only issues affecting breast cancer survivors and their loved ones! In fact, here are five pieces of legislation, supported by Komen, that have been introduced thus far during the …

The Burn of the Dragon: a workout so effective, it changed the way doctors treat breast cancer

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Montana Dragon Boat Festival ranks among North America’s 10 biggest races On the surface, the surging sport of dragon boat racing might appear to be all about color and spectacle. At the Montana Dragon Boat Festival and more than 65 similar annual events across North America, teams dress in outrageous costumes to paddle 46-foot, Hong Kong-style boats — each of …

NYU College of Nursing Researchers Pilot Patient-Centered Educational and Behavioral Program to Reduce Lymphedema Risk

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The study, designed to promote lymph flow and optimize body mass index (BMI) after breast cancer surgery, saw a 97% success rate for patients in the program one year after surgery. Viewed as one of the most unfortunate outcomes of breast cancer treatment, lymphedema is characterized by an accumulation of lymph fluid in the interstitial spaces of the affected limb, …