Women who undergo surgery for breast cancer may end up with lymphedema, a painful, visible swelling, usually of the arm. Coming to their aid, Lymphedema lays out the many options for preventing and treating the condition. The book provides information on reducing lymphedema through professional therapy as well as exercise and self-massage, plus helpful illustrations and additional resources. It also tells encouraging stories of women who have dealt with lymphedema successfully. With updates throughout on the latest research, products, and techniques, this new edition features expanded nutrition and exercise sections and covers naturopathy, acupuncture, and Chinese herbal medicine, as well as potential future therapies being tested.
“Lymphedema is a swelling caused by an accumulation of lymphatic fluid in tissues and is common among women who have undergone breast cancer surgery with axillary node dissection and/or radiation. Yet prior to surgery, most women are unaware of this condition and the heartache it can bring. Burt, a human resources consultant and breast cancer patient who has been affected by lymphedema, and White, a physical therapist, have put together an informative little book that should help all women suffering from the condition, at least to some degree. In the past, many women were told they would have to live with the swollen arm and lack of mobility that appeared after their surgery. Burt and White present treatment plans, massage therapies (professional and self-administered), and exercise regimens to alleviate or diminish this surgical aftermath. Though the authors advise vigilance to keep the skin and affected arm as healthy as possible, unfortunately, lymphedema can strike many years after surgery. Their useful guide will help women remain active and, one hopes, less obsessed with the “other” results of breast cancer. Recommended for patient health collections.” — Library Journal
“…this book’s strength lies not only in its content, but in the spirit of hope it engenders.” — MAMM Magazine
“Focused on patient education and empowerment while compiling a wide range of information and expertise, an excellent resource to clinicians.” —Physical Therapy (American Physical Therapy Association’s official publication)
“Incredibly well-written exactly the information patients want. The low cost makes this information accessible to many people and a real find.” —Oncology Nursing Forum
About the Author
Jeannie Burt was raised on a farm in Oregon. There were six, counting her, in her high school graduating class. She was related to half of them, a situation that fostered neither romance, nor privacy or adventure, but it did tend to keep her in line. Her career in business and human resources allowed her to escape the confines of small-town life; she lived in San Francisco, New York and Milano where she became passionate about art. She adores Paris and visits often. Jeannie has had two non-fiction books published: Lymphedema: A Breast Cancer Patient’s Guide to Prevention and Healing and What You Need to Know to Show Your Dog. In the last years, she has put the writing of non fiction aside to eat, drink, and sleep her first love: fiction. When Patty Went Away will be her first published novel. Two more of Jeannie’s novels are in the hands of agents.