Michele McLellan, PT, OCS, CLT, a Vodder certified lymphedema therapist, discusses the treatment of lymphedema – a common and often painful complication of breast cancer that can develop after lymph nodes are taken to stage the cancer.
While this process of staging helps to determine lifesaving treatment, painful swelling can develop, causing long-term physical, psychological, and social problems for patients.
In this presentation, Michele discusses effective options for managing and treating lymphedema symptoms as recommended by the National Lymphedema Network and the American Cancer Society, including:
- Therapeutic exercises;
- Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD);
- Compression wraps; and,
- Skin care
The featured video above is Part I, titled: Survive vs. Thrive! What is Lymphedema? The Lymph System Explained
Part II: Diagnosing Breast Cancer Related Lymphema
Part III: Current Recommended Treatment, Therapy, and Exercises
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