Receiving a breast cancer diagnosis can instantly transport an individual to a foreign land where they don’t speak the language or know the customs. So, how is one to know what it is they actually need to know to feel some sense of control over their own well-being? Providing our patients with a proverbial Frommers Guide and Rosetta Stone for their breast cancer journey is the basis for our “BE INFORMED” lecture series, an important part component in the Patient Empowerment Program.
On 3 April, Lymphedema Therapist Diane Raspanti, LANA, CLT, presented for our “BE INFORMED” series and was the tour guide to treating lymphedema. Throughout the years, she has been most generous with sharing her time and educating our patients.
The conference suite was filled to capacity with women with a thirst for information. Diane explained the significance of our lymphatic system and how it may be impacted by removal of lymph nodes and removal of breast tissue. She discussed having a baseline measurement of limbs, pre- and post-surgical evaluations, being aware of changes in skin, treatments to reduce lymphedema, and the use of garments to decrease risk.
We salute her for her dedication to this specialty and commitment to helping our patients “Be Informed.”
-Mollie Sugarman, Clinical Director, Patient Empowerment Program