A disorder that 140 million people suffer from worldwide is now the focus of a new support group.  Lymphedema is a condition of localized fluid retention and tissue swelling caused by a compromised lymphatic system.  Although most common in cancer patients, it can strike anyone whose lymphatic vessels have been compromised.

Support group founder Melvin Osburn says he hopes to raise awareness of the problems associated with the disease.

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The group meets the last Tuesday of each month at the Templin Nursing Building conference room on the lewis & Clark Community College Campus at 7pm.  The December meeting, however, will be held on the 18th, due to the holiday schedule.  For more information, call 468-6800.

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