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  Two surgeons have founded a new institute to find a cure for lymphedema, a debilitating condition that causes swelling of the arms and trunk of the body following some cancer treatments.

  Dr. Scott Sullivan, a plastic surgeon and co-founder of the Center for Restorative Breast Surgery (1717 St. Charles Ave., 899-2800; www.breastcenter.com) and St. Charles Surgical Hospital (same address, 529-6600; www.scsh.com), and Marga F. Massey, an oncologic breast reconstruction surgeon and founder of the Dr. Marga Practice Group with centers in Chicago, Charleston, Salt Lake City and New Orleans, have established the National Institute of Lymphology.

  The institute is a consortium of leaders in the field and is dedicated to finding the best treatments — and a cure — for lymphedema, fluid retention that sometimes follows infection or cancer treatments such as lymph node dissection and radiation therapy. It affects more than 5 million Americans and is common among breast cancer patients. It can cause swelling and often is accompanied by pain and skin infections. There is no known cure.

  In 2009, Sullivan and Massey collaborated to develop a dedicated and comprehensive lymphedema treatment program at the St. Charles Surgical Hospital in New Orleans, incorporating a multidisciplinary approach for treating the condition. The National Institute of Lymphology will offer management care for lymphedema patients, cutting-edge surgical interventions and approved clinical trials. For more information, visit www.nilymph.com or call (312) 288-8759. — Kandace Power Graves

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