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New Program Offers Breast Cancer Clinicians and Patients Support for Pre-Operative Clinical Assessment and Ongoing Surveillance of Lymphedema
Date:12/2/2008

m in order to obtain appropriate pre- and post-operative care following a diagnosis of breast cancer can be confusing and overwhelming for patients. Options such as the Lymphedema CareLine offer a centralized resource for information and direct support to help clinicians and their patients manage this potentially serious side effect of primary breast cancer treatment."

Greg Brown, ImpediMed's CEO, commented: "ImpediMed is proud to support PAF's Lymphedema CareLine. Patients and doctors can be guided to available resources that help put lymphedema education and counseling on the clinical care agenda from day one. ImpediMed's FDA-cleared device is designed to aid doctors in the clinical assessment of patients for any signs of lymphedema when it is most likely to be effectively treated."

About Lymphedema

Lymphedema is a condition that can cause significant swelling of the upper and lower extremities due to the build-up of excess lymph fluid. This can occur when the lymphatic system, which is responsible for draining excess fluid from the body and is a key component of the immune system, is damaged or altered. In breast cancer patients, this can occur after surgery, such as removal or biopsy of the lymph nodes, and/or radiation therapy. It is estimated that 6 percent to 40 percent of patients with breast cancer develop lymphedema, and that it often occurs within the first two years after surgery. For some cancer survivors and others at risk, lymphedema can occur 10 years to 15 years following the initial primary treatment and develop into a condition that has a serious impact on overall health and quality of life.

About Patient Advocate Foundation

Patient Advocate Foundation is a national non-profit organization that seeks to safeguard patients through effective mediation assuring access to care, maintenance of employment and preservation of their financial stability.

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