Thank you for your interest in the Lymphatic Education & Research Network (LE&RN), an international non-profit organization whose mission is to fight lymphatic disease (LD) and lymphedema (LE) through education, research, and advocacy. LER&N is not a medical facility, and cannot offer specific medical advice.
What is lymphedema?
Lymphedema is a chronic lymphatic disease that results in disfiguring swelling in one or more parts of the body. It can be hereditary (primary lymphedema) or it can occur after a surgical procedure, infection, radiation or other physical trauma (secondary lymphedema).
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We have put together a comprehensive library of free resources that we hope will be valuable to you. Below is an overview.
Resource Downloads - You will find downloadable information sheets, a list of blogs, and the complete book, "Lets Talk Lymphoedema."
Frequently Asked Questions - Questions and answers about Lymphedema, Lipedema, and the Lymphatic System.
Virtual Expo: LE&RN’s Virtual Expo is a resource that brings together venous and lymphatic related manufacturers, distributors, schools, pharmaceutical companies and, accessory businesses in one place to offer solutions and perspectives for patients and therapists alike.
Ask the Experts: This online forum makes getting expert answers from a medical practitioner or therapist to questions related to lymphedema (LE), lipedema (LI), and lymphatic diseases (LD) easy and convenient.
LE&RN Symposium Video Series: over 50 topics featuring LD professionals from around the globe. Some popular topics include:
- Obesity and Lymphedema: What's the Connection, presented by Kathleen Francis, MD
- Ketogenic Way of Eating for Lymphatic Disorders, presented by Eric Westman, MD
- The Changing Field of Lymphatics, presented by Stanley G. Rockson, MD
Harvard Symposium Video Series: many topics focused towards therapists and doctors. Some popular topics include:
- Supraclavicular Lymph Node Transfer, presented by David Chang, MD
- Treatment Modalities for Lymphedema, presented by Sharon Kilbreath, PhD
Find a Local Chapter: You will find resources by visiting your local chapter. LE&RN Supporting Members are eligible to join local Chapters in the U.S. and around the world.
Find a Therapist: Know what to look for in a fully qualified LE therapist: completed a 135-hour training course, qualifying as a CLT (partial training is common).
LE&RN's LymphWalk Series: Find a walk to attend to connect with others that have a lymphatic disease and to raise money for education, research, and advocacy.
Lymphedema Centers: Find a lymphedema center near you.
Medical Centers: Medical institutions and medical professionals who have a specialized interest in the treatment of lymphedema and lymphatic disease.
World Lymphedema Day. Join us in recognizing World Lymphedema Day every year on March 6. This event is focused on bringing worldwide awareness to lymphatic diseases.