Cancer Resource Center Offers Lymphedema Treatment Program

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Claudia Steele-Major is a physical therapist and certified lymphedema therapist—Lymphology Association of North America.

 

Actress Kathy Bates, perhaps best known for her Academy Award-winning performance in the 1990 psychological thriller “Misery,” has taken on a new role as the spokesperson for the Lymphatic Education and Research Network.

After surviving ovarian and breast cancer, Bates struggled with lymphedema—a chronic condition that resulted from a double mastectomy four years ago.

Her goal is to raise awareness and help provide support and hope for about 10 million Americans affected by the condition, according to the LE&RN.

Lymphedema is an abnormal swelling in an arm or leg that may occur after surgeons have removed lymph nodes during cancer treatment. Without the lymph nodes, lymph fluid does not drain properly, which can lead to serious infections.

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