Botsford News Release
Farmington Hills, Mich. (July 28, 2009)---On July 6, the Botsford Cancer Center started a comprehensive lymphedema clinic in conjunction with Botsford Hospital’s comprehensive lymphedema management program. The clinic helps patients with lymphedema or venous insufficiency gain control of their lives through education, exercise, self-massage techniques and compression garments.
Jeri Davis, Social Worker at the Botsford Cancer Center, says, “Cancer treatment, including the removal of lymph nodes and radiation therapy, can increase the chance of lymphedema or the swelling of arm, chest wall or leg. Lymphedema can also be caused by problems with the development of lymph vessels in the body or any procedure or condition that damages the lymph nodes. Participating in the lymphedema management program with a certified lymphedema therapist and being measured properly for a compression dressing can help patients restore movement and strength.”
The lymphedema clinic, located in the Botsford Cancer Center on Botsford Hospital’s campus in Farmington Hills, allows patients to work one-to-one with a Botsford Hospital certified lymphedema therapist and get fitted correctly by a specialist for a compression dressing. The clinic is open to anyone in the community with a physician referral for lymphedema therapy. Patients can be seen Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more information, please contact (248) 471-8120.
Merlin Francis, Botsford Hospital’s Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Manager, shares information on lymphedema:
Some individuals develop lymphedema, which is a swelling of the arm or leg due to a number of reasons such as cancer treatment or surgery, venous insufficiency, or a defect in the lymphatic system. The function of the lymphatic system is to uptake body fluids, filter them through the lymph nodes and process to the venous system. When this pathway is interrupted swelling can occur. This swelling can cause pain and loss of movement and strength, limiting a person’s daily activities.
Lymphedema management may be right for a patient if they experience:
· Swelling of the arm or chest wall after a lumpectomy or mastectomy
· Swelling of the leg after a prostatectomy or lymph node removal
· Swelling of the legs due to a venous insufficiency
· Primary lymphedema due to a congenital defect in the lymphatic system
Botsford Hospital is a multi-specialty 330 bed hospital and verified trauma center located in Farmington Hills, Michigan. The campus also houses an imaging center and a comprehensive care cancer center. Botsford Hospital is also home to an extensive medical education program and is part of Michigan State University's statewide campus system. Botsford Hospital each year cares for approximately 16,000 inpatients and more than 60,000 emergency and trauma patients with a team of 2,500 employees, 300 volunteers and more than 600 physicians. A not-for-profit hospital, Botsford provided almost $10.5 million in community benefit during its 2011 fiscal year.
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