|Awarded On||February 19, 2020|
|Title||Can Microsurgeries Cure Lymphedema? An Objective Assessment|
|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|
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...