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Couple this taping method with the basic pumping action of muscles as they move and fluid moves with greater ease. Unlike general massage strokes that can compress the tissues, kinesiology tape offers a gentle treatment option. The most common application is the edema strip method used to alleviate swelling and aid in recovery. In addition to kinesiology taping, IASTM has grown in popularity within the massage therapy community for a number of good reasons. IASTM for lymphedema can be an additional option for treatment if used correctly. Just as weRead More


Lymphedema is a condition that occurs when the lymphatic system is blocked or damaged resulting most often in an accumulation of lymph fluid in one or both of the arms or legs but it can occur elsewhere in the body also. It can be mild, moderate, or severe and present with subtle to extremely painful symptoms. Most often, lymphedema occurs after breast cancer surgery and radiation therapy. However, lymphedema can also be caused by trauma, vein stripping, lipectomy, burn scar excursions, peripheral vascular surgery, and any procedure in which regionalRead More

New therapies could treat tissue swelling that afflicts cancer surgery patients and others

  Every night for the past 5 years, Patricia Egan has prepared for bed by pulling on a pair of chipped foam leggings that encase her limbs from her toes to the tops of her thighs. The custommade garments, which look like something a hockey goalie might wear, are supposed to prevent her legs from swelling. But they also make her feel claustrophobic and keep her awake, says Egan, 67, a retired writer from Chico, California. In the morning, she switches to less cumbersome toe gloves and knee-high compression socksRead More

Small tools bring big results for Lymphedema

  Lymphedema is a condition where excess lymphatic fluid collects in tissue. This causes swelling in various parts of the body but is most usually found in the arms, legs, breast area or chest wall. As it worsens, ulcers, infections and decreased mobility may occur.  Lymphedema is not curable, but it is manageable with proper treatment. For years, that’s included non-invasive methods such as physical therapy, exercise, compression, wrapping or manual drainage. However, these may not be effective, particularly in advanced cases. Dr. Kyle Xu is a plastic, hand andRead More

Study suggests personality tests may improve care for prostate cancer patients

Scientists have found that men with high neuroticism – between a quarter and a fifth of men in developed countries – are significantly more likely to suffer from adverse events such as erectile dysfunction and incontinence, which may put their recovery from prostate cancer surgery at risk. The researchers say that this means cancer teams may need to consider testing for personality types to try to ensure that patients being treated for prostate cancer receive the best care. This work is presented at the European Association of Urology Congress inRead More

Midstate man suffering from incurable disease that health experts say is on the rise

  An incurable disease is on the rise, leaving medical professionals concerned. One Macon man says he’s lived with the illness for years now and that it affects his daily life. For Steve Greene, living with the pain of Lymphedema has become part of his every day life. Greene said he realized something was off about three years ago when his clothes were feeling a bit snug. “Putting on shoes and buying clothes something to fit right, was becoming more and more difficult,” Greene said. “It was mostly the swelling, it wasRead More

Extent of sentinel lymph node biopsy influences lymphedema risk

A higher number of resected lymph nodes increased the likelihood for lymphedema after sentinel lymph node biopsy, according to study results presented at Miami Breast Cancer Conference. The association was most apparent among patients who had more than five lymph nodes resected. “In clinical practice, expanding close follow-up and early education for lymphedema is the key to reduce clinical lymphedema in patients with more than five lymph nodes dissected,” Atilla Soran, MD, MPH, FACS, breast surgical oncologist at Magee-Womens Hospital of University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, and colleagues wrote. Arm lymphedema isRead More

Not Many People Will Tell You The Truth Like This Lady

I can’t let National Eating Disorder Awareness Week pass without celebrating how far I’ve come. I post this not for me, but for you…yes, YOU. The one reading this right now worried that there is no hope beyond your own destructive, secretive, and hellish eating disorder. . There. Is. Hope. Everything is going to be okay. I promise. You are not alone. You are beautiful and worthy…even WITH your struggles. . In the depths of my own eating disorder, I never thought in a million years I would be happyRead More

First patient dosed in a Phase 2 study with LiPlaCis in prostate cancer

Press release Hoersholm, Denmark and Cambridge, MA, US, March 11, 2019 – Oncology Venture A/S (“OV” or “the Company”) today announced that the first patient has been dosed in a Phase 2 study with LiPlaCis® in prostate cancer. Oncology Venture has clearance from the Danish health authorities to treat up to 15 prostate cancer patients with LiPlaCis®. Just as in the ongoing Phase 2 study with LiPlaCis® in breast cancer, Oncology Venture’s drug response prediction technology, DRP®, will be used to identify the prostate cancer patients most likely to respond to the LiPlaCis®-treatment.Read More

Lymph node transplant helps Royal Oak woman regain control, abilities

ROYAL OAK — While Royal Oak resident Sherry Boston had a double mastectomy and breast reconstruction surgery, she called her lymph node transplant surgery, which cut the swelling in her right arm due to lymphedema in half, her “happiest” surgery. The 49-year-old breast cancer survivor said the condition, a side effect of breast cancer treatment due to the removal of lymph nodes and radiation, caused her so much pain that she was unable to carry groceries or lift her grandchildren. She said she felt like her life was “out ofRead More