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******************************************************************** LYMPHEDEMA is an unmoderated discussion list for patients, parents, friends, researchers, and physicians, to discuss clinical nonclinical issues and advances pertaining to LYMPHEDEMA. This includes patient experiences, psychosocial issues, new research, clinical trials, and discussions of current treatment practices. This list is part of a group of lists sponsored by ACOR, the Association of Cancer Online Resources (http://www.acor.org). The listmanagers, conscious of the limited time medical professionals can spend online, have set up this list to help those subscribers. What is LYMPHEDEMA? ******************************** Lymphedema is very common, affecting at least 3 million Americans. Some patients develop it after surgery or radiation therapy for various cancers (breast, prostate, bladder, uterus, melanoma, lymphoma) in which case it is referred to as secondary lymphedema. Other patients develop it without obvious cause at different stages in life (primary lymphedema), and still others develop it after trauma or deep vein thrombosis. In third world countries, parasites account for millions of cases. Lymphedema is serious because of the disability it causes, because of the cosmetic deformities that are difficult to hide, because of the frequent complications that occur (cellulitis, lymphangitis, lymphorrhea, skin thickening, etc.) and because of the continuous worsening of the condition in untreated patients. It is also serious because of the pervasive lack of medical expertise in diagnosis and treatment of the condition and the tendency of clinicians to trivialize lymphedema in patients who have been treated for cancer. ***********************************************************************

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