The news reporters obtained a quote from the research from the Kyoto University School of Medicine, "Herein, we report a case of AS which developed after BCT and a case of Stewart-Treves syndrome with a focus on lymphedema. Chronic lymphedema is the primary risk factor for AS, which was first described in 1948 by Stewart and Treves [Cancer 1948;1:64-81]. Radiation therapy secondarily tends to induce the development of AS, since radiation therapy induces fibrosis and proliferation of lymphatic vessels via cytokines such as vascular endothelial growth factor, which is followed by subclinical chronic edema. It is suggested that axillary lymph node dissection predisposes patients to the development of AS, since it is closely associated with lymphedema."
According to the news reporters, the research concluded: "Breast surgeons and radiologists should be aware of skin changes in order to improve the early detection of AS during the follow-up of patients who have undergone BCT, and especially those treated with axillary lymph node dissection."
For more information on this research see: Two cases of cutaneous angiosarcoma developed after breast cancer surgery. Case Reports In Dermatology, 2012;4(3):247-9. (Karger - www.karger.com/; Case Reports In Dermatology - content.karger.com/ProdukteDB/produkte.asp'Aktion=JournalHome&ProduktNr=239060)
Our news correspondents report that additional information may be obtained by contacting N. Iga, Dept. of Dermatology, Kyoto University Graduate School of Medicine, Kyoto, Japan.
Keywords for this news article include: Asia, Kyoto, Japan, Oncology, Lymphedema, Breast Cancer, Women's Health.
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