Lymphedema is an incurable condition caused by the loss of function in a lymph node. When this happens, lymph fluid is no longer as easily moved and released from the body and stays trapped in one area. In breast cancer patients who undergo mastectomies with lymph node dissection, lymphedema is a common result and generally impacts one or both arms.
More than 41 percent of breast cancer patients who’ve undergone surgery will be faced with lymphedema symptoms within 10 years.
Lymphedema serves as a constant reminder of the cancer battle these patients struggled with. It requires continual care to ensure that it doesn’t progress to the later and more dangerous stages.
Continue reading... [...]
... of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, and coauthors described the use of BRCA testing in a group of women diagnosed with breast cancer at 40 or younger and examined how concerns about genetic risk and genetic information affected treatment ... [...]
“In December I was diagnosed with a treatable form of prostate cancer. Over the last several weeks Angie and I have visited a number of expert doctors and hospitals across the country to identify the best treatment options for me. I have chosen an ... [...]
She will also need at least two years of further treatment until the symptoms subside. Dr Stephen Simpson, Director of research and programmes at Arthritis Research UK, said: 'Juvenile idiopathic arthritis, commonly abbreviated to JIA, affects around ... [...]
When Bethany Carlton was diagnosed with breast cancer aged just 17 she felt as though her world was falling apart. Her mother, Mybritt Larsen, 47, was by her side when she had a lump removed days before her 18th birthday - and when the teenager was ... [...]