March is Lymphedema Awareness Month, and March 6 is its highlight, World Lymphedema Day. On this day and throughout the month of March, the spotlight is on people with lymphedema, healthcare professionals, and advocacy groups coming together to spread awareness and share support for those living with lymphedema.
Lymphedema is a disorder of the lymphatic system causing severe fluid buildup, swelling, inflammation, wounds, pain, and related health conditions. Up to 10 million people have lymphedema and lymphatic diseases in the U.S., and many millions more worldwide have some level of lymphatic dysfunction. Almost anyone can develop lymphedema for numerous hereditary and health reasons, although people undergoing cancer treatment are at a higher risk of developing lymphedema.
In honor of Lymphedema Awareness Month, take a moment to browse some of the most popular informational content from Lympha Press. We strive for lymphedema awareness all year long through our educational webinars, roundtables, interviews, and articles. Our goal is to elevate patient voices by providing a platform to share their stories and personal experiences.
Thought Leadership Articles
Great minds think differently. Browse articles authored by innovative thought leaders in the field of lymphatic research and treatment.
Diagnosing LOVE: Lymphedema of Venous Etiology
One of the leading causes of lymphedema is LOVE, or Lymphedema Of Venous Etiology. In this article, we’ll examine how LOVE impacts patients in terms of wounds, amputations, organ damage, and chronically uncontrolled lymphedema. We’ll also discuss why it’s important to take an integrated approach to lymphedema treatment.
Identifying Fibrosis in Every Stage of Lymphedema
In this article, we’ll look at two types of fibrosis in lymphedema, how fibrosis is related to staging lymphedema, and the impact of fibrosis on patient care.
Mast Cell Activation Syndrome and Its Impact on the Lymphatics
Mast cell activation syndrome (MCAS) involves severe allergic reactions due to the activation of antibodies on the body’s mast cell surfaces, which are found throughout the skin, blood vessels, nerves, and lymph pathways. This article covers the basics of MCAS, plus dietary changes and other treatments recommended for its management.
Is All Edema Lymphedema?
Edema and lymphedema are separate medical diagnoses, but all edema is essentially lymphatic in nature. The medical community and patients with these conditions should know that edema is part of the lymphedema continuum. This article reviews the basics of edema and how it relates to lymphatic system overload.
Massive Localized Lymphedema: A Rare But Rising Concern
Any healthcare professional who works with lymphedema is familiar with the basic stages of the disease and how it typically presents in most patients. However, massive localized lymphedema is a rare form of the condition that’s far less often diagnosed.
Living with Lymphedema Blog Articles
Browse our collection of blog posts for articles about life with lymphedema. From tips for traveling with lymphedema to the benefits of pneumatic compression for veterans and amputees, we’re constantly adding information to this news feed!
What Kind of Specialist Treats Lymphedema and What to Look For
Learn what to look for when you’re seeking a provider to treat lymphedema and help you relieve your symptoms.
The Four Lymphedema Stages: From Symptoms to Treatment
Can you recognize lymphedema in every stage? As someone experiences the earliest lymphedema stages, the disease progresses from mild discomfort to permanent and life-changing disturbances in the lymphatic system. This article offers a summary of the four lymphedema stages and their key characteristics.
Does Massage Plus Compression Help Lymphedema?
Lymphedema requires a robust and comprehensive treatment plan incorporating techniques like lymphatic massage and pneumatic compression for symptom relief.
What Causes Lymphedema After Breast Cancer Treatment?
This article describes how lymphedema may result from breast cancer or its treatment and explores options for managing it. With proper treatment, breast cancer-related lymphedema is manageable, and new treatment options are huge strides forward for those with lymphedema.
4 Tips for Traveling with Lymphedema
When you have lymphedema, traveling requires a bit of extra planning. Here are four important things people with lymphedema should do before and during trips.
When to Use a Lymphatic Pump
A lymphatic pump is one of the best tools available for people who need in-home therapeutic options. Although compression pumps are commonly associated with treating lymphedema symptoms, they also benefit other related conditions.
How to Succeed with a Lymphatic Drainage Machine for Home Use
For someone with edema, lymphedema, lipedema, or a similar condition, a lymphatic drainage machine offers a life-changing treatment option. These machines help relieve pain, stimulate fluid movement, and prevent diseases from worsening.
Mental Health Resources for Patients
Mental health is as important as physical health, especially when living with chronic conditions like lymphedema. Here are some resources for more information and support.
There is no definitive lymphedema experience. From veterans and athletes to college students and parents, life with lymphedema is as varied as the people who live with it. Browse our library of patient interviews to hear from real patients as they share their stories, in their own words.
Whether you’re a patient, medical professional, or just a person looking to understand more about your loved one’s condition, you are invited to join us at our monthly virtual Patient Roundtables, hosted by a panel of lymphedema patients and therapists. Register for upcoming Roundtables here.
Knowledge is power, and access to knowledge is empowering. Our Lympha Press Education Series offers webinars featuring experts presenting on a wide range of topics. The best part? They’re available for you to watch anytime, anywhere.
Myths Debunked! How Lymphatic Imaging is Changing Patient Treatment Plans
Advances in lymphatic imaging have been a game changer and in this compelling webinar, Dr. Caroline Fife and Dr. Eva M. Sevick share some of the myths that have been debunked through the power of technology.
Pelvic Dysfunction and Lymphedema
In this presentation, Dr. Shelley Smith DiCecco offers a more complete understanding on how the pelvic floor plays an integral role with lymphedema of the trunk and/or lower limb.
Decongestive Exercises for Lymphedema
Do you or your patients understand the importance of muscle pump activity? In this comprehensive webinar, Lisa Berman Sylvestri, MSPT, CLT-LANA, provides an overview of this topic along with information about how lymph moves.
Pediatric Lymphedema: Cases, Bandaging, and Imaging Review
Dr. Caroline Fife and Missy Baylor, OTR, LMT, CSWS, CLT-LANA, discuss clinical presentations of lymphedema in the pediatric population. Special considerations for manual lymphatic drainage, bandaging, and compression in lymphedema treatment for children and young adults are also covered in the presentation.
Here’s How We’re Celebrating!
Lympha Press celebrates Lymphedema Awareness Month by providing support and treatment options for those with lymphedema. Our products enhance patients’ lives, and we love seeing their smiling faces all year long! We welcome you to engage with us year-round for events and education to help you stay connected with the lymphedema community.
Behind every lymphedema patient is a team of providers working to ensure they receive the treatment and care they deserve. We are honored to collaborate with doctors and lymphedema therapists in their efforts to support patients like you.
For More Information About Living With Lymphedema
Lympha Press supports those living with lymphedema through outreach to patients and healthcare professionals. We invite you to browse our archive of educational webinars, roundtables, blog posts, YouTube videos, and many other resources. To learn more, contact Lympha Press.