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The Lymphedema Roadshow

Postby patoco » Wed Jul 04, 2007 9:10 pm

Ran accross this interesting article from Canada. A review of the Roadshow follows the info article on Lymphovenous Canada, that countries premier LE websites:

The Lymphedema Roadshow

Martina Reddick, Lymphedema Nurse Coordinator at the Dr. H. Bliss Murphy Cancer Centre was hired on permanently as the Lymphedema Nurse Co-ordinator with the Cancer Care Program of Eastern Health in 2006.

She was drawn into the program through a lymphedema roadshow organized in 2004 by Pamela Hodgson, a registered massage therapist and graduate student in community health, who developed it in response to concerns raised by women who participated in the bi-weekly Breast Cancer Support Teleconference Network. Women expressed the need for up-to-date information on post-mastectomy lymphedema for themselves and their families, and for the health care practitioners who treat them. The Roadshow was funded by the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation - Atlantic chapter, with additional funding from Jobst Canada.

Over 15 presentations in 8 different towns across the province were held. Workshops were about one hour in length for public and for health care providers were held in a number of locations around the province. Workshops were specifically geared to each group but both sets of workshops provided information on symptoms, risk factors, prevalence and management of the condition. Health care practitioners, doctors, nurses, occupational, physical, and massage therapists demonstrated keen interest. This initiative ended in June 2005.

Martina continued to carry the torch through a pilot project funded by the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation - Atlantic chapter throughout 2006 before her position was made permanent.

Martina has travelled extensively throughout the Province doing education sessions with health care professionals and those at risk for or living with lymphedema. She has a lymphedema clinic 1 day per week where she sees patients on a referral basis. Her primary goal is to educate patients in prevention as well as how to manage their lymphedema if it develops (i.e what to do, where to seek help etc.). If you require any further information Martina can be reached at 709-777-8713 or by email at:


Increasing public and provider knowledge of lymphedema: evaluation of the lymphedema roadshow.

J Cancer Educ. 2007 Summer

Mathews M, Bursey G, Park A, Hodgson P, West P, Church J.
Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John's Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada.

Background: In this pilot study, we evaluated the Lymphedema Roadshow's capacity to increase public and provider awareness of postcancer lymphedema. Methods: Participants completed preworkshop and postworkshop surveys to determine if the intervention changed their attitudes and knowledge of postcancer lymphedema. Results: The workshop significantly increased 6 of 8 knowledge scores and 2 of 6 attitude scores among public participants and 7 of 8 knowledge scores and 5 of 6 attitude scores among health care providers. Conclusions: The Lymphedema Roadshow identified and addressed the public's and health care providers' need for greater awareness of postcancer lymphedema.

PMID: 17605624 [PubMed - in process] ... d_RVDocSum


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