The National Lymphedema Network (NLN) is an internationally recognized non-profit organization founded in 1988 to provide education and guidance to lymphedema patients, healthcare professionals, and the general public by disseminating information about risk reduction and the management of primary and secondary lymphedema.
Welcome to your online information resource for those having, or at risk of developing lymphedema. This website is also for the family, friends, and therapists who care for these individuals.
Since 1998, the Lymphatic Education & Research Network (formerly LRF) has been looking for answers for the millions of people who suffer from lymphedema and lymphatic disease. LE&RN fosters and supports research that can deepen the medical community's understanding of the lymphatic system, which is vital to the health of every individual.Unraveling the mysteries of the lymphatic system is critical to understanding many other disease processes. As an integral part of the immune system, the lymphatic system is the body's surveillance against cancer, and it can provide pathways for cancer to metastasize. It plays a role in inflammatory and auto-immune disorders such as arthritis and systemic lupus, and is key to understanding the spread of AIDS and many infections. LE&RN fosters and supports research to discover the links between lymphatic function, diseases, and levels of wellness.