Monday, September 20, 2010

Lymphedema Lecture on Wednesday at Sinai

If you've have lymph nodes removed, you are at risk for lymphedema, a disease that causes fluid to build up in soft body tissue

Sandra Praniewicz, physical therapist at Sinai Hospital's Lymphedema Clinic, will offer helpful tips on recognizing the signs and symptoms and preventing lymphedema at a Wednesday Lunch and Learn at the Alvin & Lois Lapidus Cancer Institute. The program will begin at noon in the Cancer Institute conference room.

"Our focus is often around people who have had breast cancer, but if you're had a surgery where lymph nodes are removed, you are always at risk," Praniewicz says.

Normally, when the lymph nodes drain properly, the lymph is returned to the bloodstream. But when the lymph system gets blocked, swelling can occur.

"There are exercises that can encourage lymphatic drainage. Lymphedema is not curable," she says.

In addition to breast cancer, those who have had surgery for uterine, prostate, lymphoma or melanoma are at risk for lymphedema.

To sign up for this program or for more information on lymphedema, call 410-601-9355.

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