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I am excited to let you know that Clovis Community Medical Center’s Lymphedema Clinic was awarded a nearly $35,000 grant from Susan G. Komen Central Valley. This will help us provide lymphedema and related rehabilitation services to those battling breast cancer, who otherwise might not be able to afford the specialized care they need.
Lymphedema is an accumulation of lymphatic fluid causing swelling in the affected area, which can develop after breast surgery.
If a person doesn’t receive the indicated care, a variety of problems could arise. For example, if a patient could not move their shoulder well enough to attain the position required for radiation therapy, this could cause a delay in the treatment of their cancer. If swelling was an issue, left untreated it could progress to the point that the individual could not fit into their clothing, could interfere with the person's ability to perform daily activities, or could result in tissue changes. Education is an important component of our service. We strive to help each client reduce the risk of infection and swelling, and we instruct every patient in a proper self-care program.
We are thankful for this grant and know it will allow us to continue to help more than 100 people who come in each year for specialized care.
If you want to see more of what we do, watch our interview this July on the Community Media Access Collaborative – CMAC – which operates three television channels on Comcast and AT&T U-verse. During this interview, we discuss lymphedema, our clinic, and how our clients benefit from the generous funding from Komen Central Valley.
Lynn Gilbank, PT, CLT-LANA
Registered Physical Therapist
LANA Certified Lymphedema Therapist