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Cancer Center to Host Lymphedema Management Workshop

The Stephenson Cancer Center will hold a Lymphedema Management Workshop on Thursday, July 27 from 6:30 to 8 pm.

The goal of the workshop is to connect cancer patients and survivors with resources, education, and support to help manage living with lymphedema. Attendees may arrive at 6 pm to peruse various compression garment products and ask questions of expert garment fitters.

The Cancer Rehabilitation Clinic at the Stephenson Cancer Center is hosting the workshop. The clinic provides evidence-based rehabilitation to cancer survivors at any stage of survivorship, from diagnosis to years after treatment. Their team of physical therapists offers cancer-related therapy expertise with many holding special certifications in lymphedema therapy.

"Our dream is to provide social and educational support for patients and survivors with lymphedema”, said Christina Wright, PT, CLT, a physical therapist in the Cancer Rehabilitation Clinic. “This condition can be physically and emotionally hard, and we want patients to know that they are not alone.”

Lymphedema is a common side effect of cancer treatment, occurring often as a result of surgery, radiation, or chemotherapy. It is swelling of the extremities due to a disruption or overload of the lymphatic system and can have serious consequences if not managed well.

“I kept hearing similar stories with the same challenges and I wished I could set up some of these patients on coffee dates as mini support groups - so, instead, we created this workshop," said Wright.

The Lymphedema Management Workshop will take place in the Charlotte Jackson Seminar Room on the fifth floor of the Stephenson Cancer Center, located at 800 NE 10th Street in Oklahoma City. To RSVP for the workshop, please call the Cancer Rehabilitation Clinic at (405) 271-7635.