New Procedure to Prevent Lymphedema Gains Media Attention

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A new protocol to help patients undergoing breast surgery is gaining widespread media attention as NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center continues an important clinical trial of the LYMPHA protocol.

The LYMPHA protocol combines microsurgery with advanced imaging in order to prevent, detect, and treat lymphedema. Lymphedema, painful swelling of the arm or hand, can be a lifelong problem for women who have undergone surgery for advanced-stage breast cancer.

Sheldon M. Feldman, MD, Chief of the Section of Breast Surgery, and Christine Rohde, MD, MPH, FACS, Assistant Professor of Clinical Surgery in the Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, discussed LYMPHA in the ABC news special BREAST CANCER: ANSWERS, UPDATES & PROGRESS which may be viewed any time here. Their feature takes place in the latter half of segment 1.

The Palm Beach Daily News reported on the trial Jan 1, 2014 here.

To learn more about how LYMPHA works to detect, prevent, and treat lymphedema, see LYMPHA Trial Seeks to Prevent Lymphedema in Breast Cancer Patients.

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