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Lymphedema following cancer therapy: overview and options

Abstract

This summit focusing on lymphedema following cancer therapy was held during the 7th International Symposium on Cancer Metastasis through the Lymphovascular System. It was unique for the inclusion of patients with lymphedema joining physicians, therapists, healthcare professionals, and researchers to highlight what is known and more importantly what is unknown about the current state of research and treatment in the United States. The session opened with an introduction to lymphedema and then explored the incidence of multiple cancer-related lymphedemas, imaging tools and techniques useful for the diagnosis of lymphatic system abnormalities, and the new findings concerning the genetics of cancer-related lymphedema. It closed with a review of advocacy for patients and healthcare professionals and both conservative and surgical treatment options, followed by a panel discussion and questions. The session provided important information and updates which will be of value for improving the rehabilitation and overall support of patients with cancer-related lymphedema.

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Bernas, M., Thiadens, S.R.J., Smoot, B. et al. Lymphedema following cancer therapy: overview and options. Clin Exp Metastasis 35, 547–551 (2018). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10585-018-9899-5

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Keywords

  • Lymphedema
  • Diagnosis
  • Imaging
  • Genetics
  • Treatment
  • Advocacy