Grant ID RP200181
Awarded On February 19, 2020
Title Can Microsurgeries Cure Lymphedema? An Objective Assessment
Program Academic Research
Award Mechanism Individual Investigator
Institution/Organization The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
Principal Investigator/Program Director Melissa B Aldrich
Cancer Sites All Sites
Contracted Amount $900,000
Lay Summary

Lymphedema (LE) is a nasty souvenir of cancer treatment. Arm, leg, neck, or trunk swelling, pain, depression, and increased risk of cellulitis, a skin inflammation that can send you to the hospital, are all part of LE's devastating effects on cancer survivors. Typical treatment for LE is a life sentence of 24/7 compression garment wear, and sometimes instructions to use daily, at home, a machine that simulates massage to help remove stagnant arm or leg fluid. Often, these measures do not work, and LE patients are stuck with a permanently swollen, infection-prone arm or leg for the rest of their days. To make matters worse, medical insurance providers do not always pay for adequate compre...

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