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Liposuction May Ease Limb Swelling in Cancer Patients

Posted 1 Nov 2017 by

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 1, 2017 – Liposuction may help people with lymphedema – a painful, disfiguring swelling of the arms, hands, legs or feet. Harvard researchers used the surgical technique to remove fat from just underneath the skin in three people with the condition. Two of the patients had lymphedema as a side effect of cancer treatment. The other one had a naturally developing form of lymphedema. In all three cases, there was improvement in the lymphedema after liposuction, the researchers said. And the improvement appears to be more effective and lasting than expected. One patient has had more than five years of follow-up. "Liposuction is extremely effective at removing fat from underneath the skin, which makes the arm or leg smaller," explained study author Dr. Arin Greene, director of the lymphedema program at Boston Children's Hospital. "And the new data show that the surgery ... Read more

Related support groups: Cancer, Edema, Lymphatic obstruction, Diagnosis and Investigation

Could a Scan Someday Replace Lymph Node Biopsy?

Posted 10 Dec 2015 by

THURSDAY, Dec. 10, 2015 – Scientists are testing a noninvasive alternative to lymph node biopsy for detecting early signs that melanoma skin cancer has spread. Patients currently undergo surgical removal, often involving a radioactiver tracer, of these lymph nodes to screen for wayward cancer cells. But researchers say that in most cases this approach uncovers no sign of cancer spread while exposing patients to unnecessary risks. A team from Germany now reports that a new audio-visual imaging technique looks as effective as surgery for identifying melanoma metastasis. "Thanks to the new imaging procedure, surgery will not be necessary for many patients in the future," said study lead author Dr. Ingo Stoffels, of the department of dermatology at the Vein Center at University Hospital Essen. Nor is radiation a part of the experimental screening. The findings were published in the Dec. 9 ... Read more

Related support groups: Surgery, Melanoma, Melanoma - Metastatic, Lymphatic obstruction, Diagnosis and Investigation, Vascular Surgery, Body Imaging

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