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Support Connection Offers Program On Lymphedema, Breast Cancer In Yorktown

The Support Connection forum will address lymphedema, a potential side effect of breast cancer surgery and radiation therapy.
The Support Connection forum will address lymphedema, a potential side effect of breast cancer surgery and radiation therapy. Photo Credit: Facebook

YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, N.Y. -- Support Connection, Inc. has announced a free educational program: “Lymphedema and Breast Cancer” will be offered on Tuesday, May 24, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Cancer Treatment Center at Northern Westchester Hospital, 400 E. Main St. in Mout Kisco.

This event is open to the public, to learn more or to pre-register, which is required, call Support Connection at 914-962-6402 or 800-532-4290.

This forum will address lymphedema, a potential side effect of breast cancer surgery and radiation therapy. It occurs when too much lymph collects in any area of the body. Bring your questions, and hear our speakers address the following questions and topics:

  • What is lymphedema and why does it occur?
  • What is the incidence of lymphedema after breast cancer?
  • What are some of the risk factors?
  • What is Axillary Web Syndrome?
  • Why does it occur after breast surgery?
  • How is it treated?
  • The use of pre-operative baseline measurements, such as the “L-Dex.”
  • Surveillance recommendations and risk reduction practices.
  • Treatment techniques such as decongestive therapy, bandages and garments.

Speakers include May Greco and JoAnn Stafford. Greco has 30 years’ experience in the area of breast disease. At Northern Westchester Hospital she serves as clinical coordinator for the Breast Institute. She has a special interest in the areas of high risk and the prevention and treatment of lymphedema in breast cancer patients.

Stafford has more than 25 years’ experience as a physical therapist. She was a senior physical therapist and an active member of the mastectomy program at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center. A breast cancer survivor herself, Stafford developed an interest in lymphedema physical therapy and overall wellness for breast cancer patients. Her goal is to promote health and continued wellness for any patient dealing with cancer or lymphedema.

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