Thesis / Dissertation

Molecular regulation of adipogenesis in secondary lymphoedema: a common complication of cancer therapies

Yinan Yuan, Marc Achen (ed.)

Published : 2018

Abstract

Secondary lymphoedema is a common, chronic disease caused by inadequate drainage of interstitial tissue fluid from a limb due to damaged lymphatic vessels. It may develop after radiation therapy or cancer surgery involving lymph node dissection, in particularly for breast cancer, as well as a variety of other conditions. The resulting accumulation of interstitial fluid promotes pathological changes including oedema, expansion of fat and dermal fibrosis, which contribute to extensive chronic tissue swelling, typically in the upper or lower limbs. There is no curative treatment or molecular-based therapy for secondary lymphoedema, and current treatments for this condition have limited effica..

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