FOR RELEASE FEBRUARY 2, 2011
Klose Lymphedema Care Hosts Annual Lymphedema Awareness Day Honoring Breast Cancer Survivors and Patients with Lymphedema
LAFAYETTE, Colo. (March 5, 2011) – Klose Lymphedema Care will host the third annual Lymphedema Awareness Day event on March 5, 2011 between 10:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. at the Lafayette Public Library in Lafayette, Colo. honoring breast cancer survivors and those who suffer with the chronic disease of lymphedema. National Lymphedema Network Executive Director Saskia Thiadens will be the Keynote Speaker addressing patients, caregivers and lymphedema therapists. Industry venders will also be attending and available for compression product demonstrations.
“Our main objective in sponsoring this event is to bring awareness to the community about lymphedema, its risks and effective treatments,” said Founder of Klose Training & Consulting, LLC and Klose Lymphedema Care Guenter Klose. Klose states that Lymphedema is often misdiagnosed and misunderstood in the medical community, and regrettably the condition is often untreated. “Breast cancer patients who have undergone surgery and radiation can experience compromised lymphatic function due to their cancer treatment. When untreated, lymphedema can lead to functional difficulties or the development of a serious and painful infection called cellulitis.”
Lymphedema is swelling that occurs in the extremities caused by a compromised lymphatic system. This can occur at birth (Primary Lymphedema) or, more commonly, after surgery and/or treatment for breast, prostate, gynecological cancers or melanoma (Secondary Lymphedema).
“Fortunately for patients affected with lymphedema, the swelling is treatable through a combination of Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) and compression bandaging,” said Klose who is an MLD/CDT Certified Instructor who teaches this treatment for lymphedema. “MLD is a specialized manual massage treatment that stimulates the lymphatic system improving lymphatic transport and function and is able to reduce lymphedema. The treatment of MLD is followed by compression therapy with the use of specialized bandaging and compression garments. This therapy is called Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT).”
Therapist for Klose Lymphedema Care Petra Schalk, OTR/L, CLT, LAc, expresses the importance for patients to seek therapy as soon as possible, “Don’t wait to get treatment. Lymphedema is a chronic condition that will not go away on its own.”
National efforts are being made to bring awareness to the public about lymphedema. HR 4662, the Lymphedema Diagnosis and Treatment Cost Saving Act of 2010, was introduced February 23rd by Congressman Larry Kissell of North Carolina with the intention to create wide-spread understanding about this condition and implement changes in healthcare costs that make caring for chronic lymphedema easier for those who suffer with the disease.
Declared by the state of Colorado in 2001, March 6th is officially Lymphedema D-Day. Patients and their families are invited to participate in this year’s annual Lymphedema Awareness Day March 5th. For more information, to RSVP or for directions visit http://www.klosetraining.com/News.asp#calendar or call Sheila Tallmon at Klose Training and Lymphedema Care at 303-245-0333.
Treatment of lymphedema is offered by specially trained and certified Physical, Occupational or Massage Therapists. For more information about Lymphedema and its treatment visit the National Lymphedema Network (NLN) website at http://www.lymphnet.org.