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Lymphedema

Pathways Empowering patients and professionals

Spring 2012 ■ Volume 1 Issue 1

Publisher Pathways is published three times per year by BCS Communications on behalf of the Canadian Lymphedema Framework (CLF) and its provincial affiliates. Editorial Board David Keast MD FCFP Winkle Kwan MD FRCPC Martina Reddick RN CDT Roanne Thomas PhD Anna Towers MD FCFP Lucette Wesley CIM Janice Yurick PT Editor Anna Kennedy Advertising and Submissions We welcome your ideas, contributions, letters and ad copy. All material is subject to Editorial Board approval and inclusion does not constitute an endorsement nor reflection of the views and opinions of the CLF and its Editorial Board. Contents may not be reproduced without written permission of Canadian Lymphedema Framework.

5 Early Shoulder Exercises Reducing Breast Cancer Complications Lack of movement of the shoulder after breast cancer surgery can lead to reduced function, yet too much movement too early, can increase the risk for lymphedema.

Whether a health professional or a person living with lymphedema, we can all learn how to become better advocates for the lymphedema cause.

Patient Perspectives A Personal Journey

Growing up with lymphedema during the adolescent years and the difficulty of dealing with a disease that takes it an emotional toll.

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Ask the Expert Early Signs and Precautions

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Simple observation can be an effective way of determining if you are developing lymphedema and knowing what situations to avoid.

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Lymphedema Advocacy A Role for Each One of Us

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Research Advances The Canadian Lymphedema Framework Compiles the First Repertory of Lymphatic and Lymphedema Research

An encouraging number of Canadian researchers are taking an interest in lymphedema related research and helping us understand this condition.

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