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Nationally recognized expert to speak at UT lymphedema seminar

The University of Toledo’s Eleanor N. Dana Cancer Center will hold a free seminar to educate cancer patients about the latest lymphedema treatments available and provide advice for managing their symptoms.

“Lymphedema From Head to Toe” will take place Monday, Oct. 24, at 6 p.m. at the Radisson Hotel on Health Science Campus. Registration will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the Dana Cancer Center. Valet parking is available, and refreshments will be provided.

lymphedema flyerDr. Suzie Ehmann, clinical coordinator of the edema management program at Carolinas HealthCare System, will be the keynote speaker. For more than a decade, Ehmann has dedicated her practice to the evaluation and comprehensive treatment of patients with lymphatic disorders and chronic non-healing wounds.

Lymphedema is painful swelling due to a buildup of lymphatic fluid. It is common in cancer survivors who have had lymph nodes removed or radiation therapy as a part of their treatment plan. This painful condition occurs primarily in the extremities, but also can occur in other areas of the body, such as the face and chest.

“We will review the lymphatic system and how to look for the symptoms of lymphedema,” Ehmann said. “Many patients don’t realize that occasional swelling can be the start of a much bigger problem. If we address lymphedema at this stage, it is much more treatable and improves the quality of life for patients.”

She added, “Often lymphedema is associated with breast cancer, but those who have head and neck cancers or melanoma can also experience lymphedema.”

While there is no one-size-fits all solution, Ehmann said a comprehensive treatment plan that includes skin care, massage, compression and exercise helps improve the quality of life of many lymphedema patients.

“This is a rare opportunity for patients and professionals alike to hear from one of the nation’s leading lymphedema experts,” said Renee Schick, event organizer and manager of UTMC’s Survivor Shop. “Anyone with a condition that can lead to chronic swelling and those who care for lymphedema patients will benefit from her presentation.”

Local therapists and lymphedema product manufacturers also will be on hand to share information with attendees.

“It is my goal to dispel the myths of lymphedema, highlight available treatments, and to connect patients with the network of organizations and care facilities available to them,” Ehmann said.

Due to limited seating and the expected popularity of this event, registration is required.

Call Renee’s Survivor Shop at 419.383.5342 or email eleanorndanacancercenter@utoledo.edu to RSVP.

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