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Lymphedema

Pathways Empowering patients and professionals

Winter 2013 ■ Volume 2 Issue 1

Publisher Pathways is published four 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

The Contemporary Surgical Treatment of Lymphedema A popular topic for discussion

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Surgical interventions offer some promise for patients unresponsive to traditional treatments alone, however further research is required.

Writing Case Reports and Presentations A skill that requires practice

Practical guidelines for preparing case reports and presentations that are vital in day-to-day work for health professionals.

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Model of a Lymphedema Self-Management Clinic Princess Margaret Cancer Centre Canada’s largest comprehensive cancer centre promotes self-management of lymphedema in their survivorship program.

Editor Anna Kennedy Editorial Assistant Shannon Moore 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 the Canadian Lymphedema Framework. Subscription Rates (1 year) Canada–$25. ■ International–$50. Single copies and back issues–$7. Subscriptions/return mail to Canadian Lymphedema Framework 4161 Dundas Street West, 1st Floor Toronto, Ontario M8X 1Y2 Telephone: 416-410-2250 Email: canadalymph@live.ca www.canadalymph.ca

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Lymph Science Advocacy Program Patients are learning the fundamentals

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A unique program for fostering and mentoring patient advocates.

Ask the Expert Minimizing recurring infections and special considerations for wound care

Dr. David Keast answers your questions about cellulitis and explains why chronic wounds are a risk factor for lymphedema.

Exploring the Benefits of Yoga for Lymphedema after Breast Cancer A promising complimentary therapy

Research documents the change in women’s accounts of their well-being.

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Cover Photo: BSN Medical Some photos in this issue are courtesy of D.Tidhar, PMCC, NLN, D.Keast, AquaJogger, Peninsula, ALFP, and LymphTracker

Canadian Publications Mail Agreement 40065546 ISSN 1929-1418 Printed in Canada

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Should I Stay or Should I Go? Patient perspective

Weighing the options of seeking specialized treatment abroad.

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