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The disfiguring effects of treatment are well known to many patients who have been through it - scarring, missing teeth, muscle wastage and more. The story below however does suggest some help with one of the common effects - lymphedema - could be on the way.

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Tactile Medical Launches First and Only Pneumatic Compression Device for At-Home Head and Neck Lymphedema Treatment in
U.S.`

(MINNEAPOLIS), Tactile Systems Technology, Inc. (“Tactile Medical”) (Nasdaq:TCMD),
a leader in developing and marketing at-home therapy devices that treat lymphedema and chronic venous insufficiency, today announced its Flexitouch® system will be available throughout the United States to treat lymphedema of the head and neck, a common consequence of head and neck cancer and related treatment, making it the first and only pneumatic compression therapy approved for this condition.

Following its U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearance in September 2016, Tactile Medical
completed a limited market release including more than 80 patients with lymphedema of the head and neck. Of the patients who tried the device, 88 percent saw a reduction in head and neck swelling after an initial 32-minute at-home treatment with the Flexitouch system, and 89 percent of patients reported improvement in other symptoms including increased ability to swallow, improved range of motion, a reduction in fibrotic (hardened) tissue and less discomfort.

“We are thrilled with these positive results demonstrating that the Flexitouch system can help head and neck lymphedema patients effectively reduce lymphedema swelling and improve their quality of life,” said Gerald R. Mattys, Chief Executive Officer of Tactile Medical. “The Flexitouch system has helped tens of thousands of patients achieve better health and manage lymphedema symptoms in their extremities. Now, for the first time, we can extend the benefits of Flexitouch to every area of the body.”

The Flexitouch system is the only pneumatic compression system clinically proven to stimulate the lymphatic system2, delivering a non-invasive therapy that patients can administer themselves.

Full story:

https://globenewswire.com/news-release/2017/05/17/987203/0/en/Tactile-Medical-Launches-First-and-Only-Pneumatic-Compression-Device-for-At-Home-Head-and-Neck-Lymphedema-Treatment-in-U-S.htm

Head and Neck Cancer - answers from the experts at Morristown Medical Center (NEW YORK)

The American Cancer Society projects that 63,000 new cases of head and neck cancer will be diagnosed this year, which can occur anywhere in the head and neck area, including the jaw, tongue or tonsil area and, especially in smokers, the larynx, where the vocal cords are. Sexually transmitted HPV (human papillomavirus) can also develop into oral cancer decades after infection. While these cancers used to occur mostly in those aged 60+, recently that has shifted to people in their late 30s, 40s and 50s.

In this video series, you'll learn more about the causes, signs and symptoms of head and neck cancer, and how it is diagnosed and treated using advanced
therapies and clinical drug trials in conjunction with global healing traditions to treat the whole patient - mind, body and spirit.

You'll meet patients like Matt Goerke, who felt an unusual sensation in his throat that turned out to be a tumor on his tonsil, successfully treated with robotic surgery; and Ed Kane, who was diagnosed with tongue cancer but was given a new lease on life after advanced radiation therapy precisely targeted his tumor, sparing healthy tissue in his throat.

The series also explores how integrative medicine, including therapeutic touch and energy therapies, acupuncture and Eastern healing traditions works
hand-in-hand with social workers, nutritionists and speech therapists to assist each patient with their individual needs from pre- to post-treatment.

Full story:

http://abc7ny.com/health/sponsored-head-and-neck-ca

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