More Americans have lymphedema and lymphatic diseases than AIDS, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy and Alzheimer’s disease — combined. Up to 10 million Americans and hundreds of millions worldwide suffer from lymphedema. It will occur in up to 50% of breast cancer survivors, and 100% of those with head and neck cancer. Lymphedema looms for all cancer surgery survivors and that includes prostate, ovarian and melanoma.
Millions worldwide suffer with a disorder or disease of the lymphatic system, and millions more are at risk as a result of surgery, injury, infection, or some other insult to their lymphatic system. With more awareness from the medical and scientific communities and individuals like you, we can help conquer lymphedema and related lymphatic disorders, as well as gain insight into cancer, AIDS, and other illnesses. In fact, the health and well-being of every individual depends on the health of this vital system – and we know far too little.
The Lymphatic Education & Research Network (LE&RN) is at the forefront in funding research that will help us learn more about the lymphatic system and is giving lymphedema and lymphatic disease patients – and their families – hope that we may improve diagnosis and treatments. LE&RN funds lymphedema and lymphatic disease research, hosts a monthly symposium series, and advocates on behalf of lymphedema and lymphatic disease patients -- all with the goal of improving treatments.