Farmington Hills, Mich., June 4, 2007 – The American Cancer Society has named Botsford Hospital as its Team of the Year 2007 for outstanding participation in the Farmington/Farmington Hills Relay for Life. The Farmington Hills hospital was also given a Silver Level Award to recognize Botsford’s commitment to the well-being of the community through its participation in the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life. Previously, Botsford Hospital was named---for the second year---a Five-Star Community Investor by the American Cancer Society for dedication to cancer prevention, screening and treatment programs for community members.
Nurses and others who work on the hospital’s oncology unit signed up more than 50 employees, former patients who survived cancer, friends and family members to walk hour-long shifts during the 24-hour relay. The Botsford Team also held a used-book sale at the relay, which was held May 12 and 13 in Farmington’s Shiawassee Park. The sale increased the amount of money the team rose to donate to the American Cancer Society. Botsford’s team brought in a total of $4,236.54 through outright donations and from the proceeds of used-book sales both at the event and at the hospital and from bake sales.
In addition, Botsford’s team hosted a tent at the event, which sported a summer-fun theme---a bit of a stretch since the area had chilly temps on May 12 and 13. But, they entered into the spirit of fun with festive decorations, plastic Hawaiian leis, and funny sunglasses. On a more serious note, the tent featured helpful information on treatments that Botsford Hospital offers to cancer patients---or anyone else---who suffer from an often incapacitating and neglected condition known as “lymphedema.“
Surgery for melanoma or breast, gynecological, head and neck, prostate or testicular, bladder or colon cancer---all require removal of lymph nodes---puts patients at risk of developing lymphedema. Radiation therapy can also damage otherwise healthy lymph nodes.
Watch Out for Lymphedema Symptoms
Lymphedema can develop in any part of the body or limb(s). Signs or symptoms of lymphedema to watch out for include:
If you notice persistent swelling, it is very important that you seek immediate medical advice. Early diagnosis and treatment improves both the prognosis and the condition. Untreated lymphedema can lead to a decrease or loss of functioning of the limb(s), skin breakdown, chronic infections and, sometimes, irreversible complications.
Botsford Hospital, an independent, acute care, 330-bed community hospital in Farmington Hills, Mich., was founded in 1965. Nationally recognized for quality, safety and medical education programs, Botsford has received the 2005 Solucient 100 Top Hospitals: Performance Improvement Leaders award and the 2005 Governor’s Award of Excellence for Improving Care in the Hospital Setting (for treatment of heart attack, heart failure and pneumonia) and in the Emergency Department Setting (for treatment of heart attack and pneumonia). Botsford’s Web address is www.botsford.org.
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