Understanding Breast Cancer Lymphedema

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Understanding Breast Cancer Lymphedema

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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Michele McLellan PT, OCS, CLT
Michele McLellan, PT, OCS, CLT began her physical therapy career in 1983. With her passion and determination to provide the best services possible, Michele passed extra boards to become an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS), a distinction only 4% of physical therapists in Virginia have achieved. In 1999 she became a Certified Lymphedema Therapist (CLT) and acquires re-certification every 2 years with 2015 being her 8th time to do such advanced training. To read Michele's complete bio, click here.