Breast cancer specialists present new technology for patients to detect early-stage lymphedema Breast cancer specialists at NewYork-Presbyterian Medical center/Columbia University INFIRMARY are offering patients new ways to detect early indications of lymphedema, a common side effect of breast cancer surgery that triggers painful, debilitating and disfiguring swelling in the hands following removal of lymph nodes. As much as 30 % of women who have breast cancer medical procedures with lymph node removal will establish lymphedema. Radiation treatment increases this risk to as high as 50 %. Although it can be done to arrest the condition through physical therapy and bandaging, there is absolutely no cure. Just as we’ve used early detection to boost breast cancer survival, we are using early detection to lessen women’s risk for developing lymphedema, says Dr.Thomas Hemmen, MD, PhD, director of the University of California, NORTH PARK Health System Stroke Middle, and James C. Grotta, MD, chair of the Section of Neurology at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston , are co-principal investigators. Related StoriesMore study required before recommending antidepressants, Alzheimer's disease drugs for stroke recovery: StudyHaving a high stress job may boost risk of strokeScreening for asymptomatic atrial fibrillation could reduce threat of stroke, premature death This study, which includes the usage of intravenous tissue plasminogen activator , the just FDA-approved treatment for severe stroke, may be the latest in a series of clinical trials on mind cooling – controlled hypothermia – to reduce neurological damage after stroke.