Episode 74: Lymphedema: an unexplained mystery indeed!

I describe higher education as a little like a marathon!  You finish it and feel elated but wow I am never doing that again and yet here I am working on my second masters in public health (and I have completed 3 marathons too ;))

In this week’s episode of Unspoken Cancer Truths I am hopping on my soapbox. Having read over 30 articles and completing extensive research this quarter I am sharing my findings on Lymphedema in the hope that anyone accepting pain or dealing with financial worries can get on the path to solutions.

I am covering:

  •  My frustrations with the ordering processes and insurance providers for the critical compression sleeves that are essential for the successful control of Lymphedema 
  • My (amazing) surgeon cited that only 5% of cancer patients get lymphedema – why I believe and the research supports this is just wrong.
  • The financial impact of Lymphedma for cancer survivors and why I believe upfront  financial education should be available to ALL
  • The stats I have uncovered regarding breast cancer survivors and Lymphedema
  • The importance of insisting on a Lymphedema consult. Lymphedema can become a problem at any time post surgery and treatment.
  • Why you may have been suffering with it for years and not be aware of the signs.

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