Living Well with Lymphedema: Lessons from LymphNotes. com

Overview

Lymphedema is swelling caused by the abnormal accumulation of lymphatic fluid in the skin. Lymphedema can be caused by burns, injury, surgery, radiation therapy, obesity, or circulatory problems. Many breast- and prostate-cancer survivors have, or risk developing, lymphedema. There is also an inherited form. If not treated, lymphedema can be painful and lead to life-threatening infections.

This book will help you live well with lymphedema through treatment, self-management, and ...

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Overview

Lymphedema is swelling caused by the abnormal accumulation of lymphatic fluid in the skin. Lymphedema can be caused by burns, injury, surgery, radiation therapy, obesity, or circulatory problems. Many breast- and prostate-cancer survivors have, or risk developing, lymphedema. There is also an inherited form. If not treated, lymphedema can be painful and lead to life-threatening infections.

This book will help you live well with lymphedema through treatment, self-management, and helpful tips for daily living. It will also help you understand how the lymphatic system works, how lymphedema is diagnosed, how to cope with the emotional challenges of lymphedema, how to find treatment, and deal with insurance issues.

Living Well is for those with, or at risk for, lymphedema as well as healthcare professionals, caregivers, and friends and family.

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What People Are Saying

Deborah G. Kelly
"This book is upbeat and positive while dealing with a condition that can be overwhelming."
PT, MSEd, CLT-LANA, Associate Professor at the University of Kentucky and author of a textbook for lymphedema therapists
Dixie Lee Spiegel
"After two years of treatment with an outstanding therapist, I know a lot about my condition and my role in managing it. But I learned something new on every page of this book. It will be a wonderful reference for me as a periodic check of my self-management."
Ph.D.
John Giusto
"This book is very well organized and thought out, providing enough detail, explanation, and practical insight to enable someone with lymphedema to live safely and well. I definitely recommend it to anyone with, or at risk for, lymphedema."
Doris Laing
"This book is a resource I can enthusiastically recommend to my patients. The content is up-to-date, comprehensive, and well illustrated. It reinforces what I teach my patients and answers the questions they forget to ask."
CLT-LANA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780976480617
  • Publisher: Lymph Notes
  • Publication date: 5/28/2005
  • Pages: 284
  • Sales rank: 647,884
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.64 (d)

Table of Contents

Contents in Brief
Preface
Section   I-How to Use This Book
Section  II-Understanding Lymphedema

  Chapter 1 What is Lymphedema?
  Chapter 2 The Diagnosis of Lymphedema
  Chapter 3 The Treatment of Lymphedema
  Chapter 4 Finding Quality  Lymphedema Treatment
  Chapter 5 Insurance and Reimbursement Issues
  Chapter 6 Complications of Lymphedema
  Chapter 7 Lymphedema and  Other Conditions
  Chapter 8 The Emotional Challenges of Lymphedema

Section III-Self-Management of Lymphedema
  Chapter  9 Skin, Nail, and Foot Care
  Chapter 10 Self-Massage
  Chapter 11 Self-Bandaging
  Chapter 12 Home Exercise Program
  Chapter 13 Aquatic Therapy
  Chapter 14 Nutrition Tips
  Chapter 15 Keeping a Health Journal
  Chapter 16 Having Fun

Section IV-Understanding the Lymphatic System
Index
About the Authors

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Preface

The Epidemic No One Talks About
Now that cancer has become a chronic condition, we face a stealth epidemic of lymphedema among cancer survivors. Many physicians don’t recognize lymphedema and some deny that it happens-but there it is in all of its swollen glory. That is the gloomy side of the picture.

The bright side of the picture is that the situation is changing! Physicians and other healthcare providers are becoming more aware of lymphedema and promising research on lymphedema prevention and treatment is underway. Most importantly there is a growing-but still not large enough-pool of specialized therapists who treat lymphedema and improve the quality of life for their patients.

Another change for the better is that patients are taking a more active role in the management of their own healthcare. These patients ask questions and search for answers. They want to know! Many also support each other by swapping tips on what works, or doesn’t work, or just by listening through the tough times that come from living with a chronic condition.

Our goal is to provide practical information in a format that is easy-to-understand for people with lymphedema, friends and family, and healthcare professionals. We hope that we will be able to help you live well with lymphedema.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2012

    Highly Recommended

    This book is the most complete, well organized and well written source for anyone who suffers or is a caregiver to someone dealing with this chronic condition. Years ago I purchased an earlier book on the subject and found it was limited in its scope. This book informs you on every aspect of getting medical attention (along with insurance issues) as well as learning about self treatment at home. it's also a good source book for lymphedema therapists to use with their patients.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2006

    This is a must-have book for anyone living with lymphedema or anyone who works with people with lymphedema

    This book contains clinically sound information about living and coping with lymphedema without being intimidating. It provides useful and practical information. This book would be an excellent reference in either a clinical or a personal library.

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