Lymphedema is the swelling in a limb that does not go away. It is usually due to the accumulation of fluid because of lost or damaged lymph nodes from cancer surgery and/or radiation. It also may occur as the result of vascular problems and strokes.
- Our occupational therapists who work with individuals with lymphedema have specialized education to teach self-massage and exercise techniques to redirect areas of drainage to another blood vessel or nerve.
- Treatment also may include compression sleeves, stocking or wraps for maintenance of decreased girth and ultrasound to soften swollen areas.
- Education is provided to inform patients about the disease and also the importance of on-going, long-term self-management, precautions, skin care and nutrition.
FMC receives Susan G. Komen for the Cure $50,900 grant
For the seventh year in a row, Flagstaff Medical Center’s Therapy Services Department has received a grant from the Phoenix Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure. The $50,900 grant will provide treatment to breast cancer survivors who suffer with lymphedema, a painful side effect that affects approximately 20 percent of women who have undergone breast cancer treatment.
The Phoenix Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure serves Central and Northern Arizona. Since 1993, the Phoenix Affiliate has granted more than $16 million to breast cancer treatment, including the treatment of lymphedema, education, prevention and outreach programs in addition to breast cancer research.
FMC’s Therapy Services Department is devoted to helping patients maximize their quality of live through treatment options, education and support.
For more information about the grant or how to access the funds, call Lori Pearlmutter, FMC Therapy Services director, at 928 214-3519.