FMC's Therapy Services Department and Breast Cancer Resource Center recently received a $61,380 grant from the Phoenix Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure. This is the sixth year FMC has received a Komen grant. This grant will provide funds so patients with breast cancer can receive lymphedema treatment, massage therapy, education, post-surgical and mastectomy undergarments and prostheses. The grant also provides additional funding for travel and lodging for patients who live outside the Flagstaff area.
Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer in women, affecting one out of every eight women. A potential side-effect of breast cancer treatment, lymphedema affects approximately 20 percent of cancer survivors. Symptoms include swelling and loss of motion and/or pain, usually in the arms or legs. Although lymphedema is not curable, treatment by physical and occupational therapists can decrease swelling, pain and sensitivity, and increase movement and strength.
Recent studies show that people with severe illnesses, such as cancer, benefit from massage therapy resulting in decreased pain and improved feelings of well-being. Through this grant, massage therapists can provide massage to women during and after treatment.
FMC’s Therapy Services Department and the Breast Cancer Resource Center, a part of the Cancer Center of Northern Arizona, are devoted to making an impact on breast cancer in our community through prevention and early detection. The Cancer Center provides excellent care through advanced technology with an individualized approach.
The Phoenix Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure serves Central and Northern Arizona, and has a volunteer base of more than 1,500. Since 1993, the Phoenix Affiliate has granted more than $13 million to breast cancer treatment, education, prevention and outreach programs in addition to breast cancer research.
For more information about the grant or how to access the funds, call Lori Pearlmutter, FMC Therapy Services director, at 214-3519. For more information on the Cancer Center visit CCNAH.com.