Experts to discuss Lymphedema after Breast Cancer Surgery

January 14, 2004

Therapists and breast cancer experts will discuss ways to prevent and treat lymphedema, a common side effect of breast cancer surgery, during a special program at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 5. 

There will be a panel including massage therapist Karin Cole, L.M.T., C.D.T., and physical therapist Donna L. Latoy, M.S.P.T., C.D.T., of the Rochester Rehabilitation Center.  Breast cancer surgeon Gretchen Ahrendt, M.D., surgical director of the Comprehensive Breast Cancer Program at the James P. Wilmot Cancer Center, will moderate the discussion.

Lymphedema is a complication that sometimes happens after breast cancer treatment.  Swelling in the arm is caused by excess fluid that collects after lymph nodes and vessels are removed by surgery or treated by radiation.

The Comprehensive Breast Cancer Program at the James P. Wilmot Cancer Center is sponsoring the dinner program, to be held at the University of Rochester Medical Center Conference Center’s William and Mildred Levine Pavilion, located at the corner of Elmwood Avenue and Kendrick Road.

The cost is $20 per person, which includes dinner.  Scholarships are available.  To register, call Kristin Galvin-Burwick at (585) 275-4797 or e-mail kristin_galvinburwick@urmc.rochester.edu.

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Questions about the Comprehensive Breast Cancer Program may be directed to Jennifer J. Griggs, M.D., M.P.H., medical director, or Beverly Brooks, associate director of community education, at (585) 275-4797.

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