News: lymphedema

Lymphedema Therapy

Monday, December 19th, 2011

Jadranko “Yadi” Franjic describes lymphedema symptoms and what is done during therapy to help control the swelling in the lymphatic system. Lymphedema is most common among patients who experience trauma to their lymphatic system. Examples include cancer patients undergoing lymphatic node dissection or radiation therapy and those who suffer a traumatic injury. Swelling of the […]

Breast Surgery that Lowers Lymphedema Risk

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

How do you decide what type of surgical treatment to undergo when you have been diagnosed with breast cancer? Dr. Dan Beauchamp, Chair of the Section of Surgical Sciences at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, describes the differences in surgeries that remove cancerous tumors in the breast. He explains a new, less invasive surgery that reduces […]

Making Monitoring Lymphedema Easier

Friday, July 15th, 2011

Without a way to effectively monitor and measure swelling in limbs, breast cancer patients with lymphedema can have difficulty with self-care and knowing when to seek treatment. Vanderbilt University School of Nursing’s Sheila Ridner, Ph.D., R.N., and her team hope to change that with a new study that could lead to objective measuring at home […]

Vanderbilt Opens New Lymphedema Clinic

Thursday, May 26th, 2011

For the first time, Vanderbilt is providing specialized services for patients who are experiencing lymphedema, a chronic debilitating condition which is the result of an accumulation of protein-rich fluid in tissues. The fluid retention can cause severe swelling, pain, skin ulcerations and impaired mobility, and once present, the condition continues to progress. The new Vanderbilt […]