For the seventh year in a row, Flagstaff Medical Center's Therapy Services Department has received a grant from the Phoenix Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure. The $50,900 grant will provide treatment to breast cancer survivors who suffer with lymphedema, a painful side effect that affects approximately 20 percent of women who have undergone breast cancer treatment.
Lymphedema, an often unexpected, secondary condition following breast cancer surgery, brings chronic pain and discomfort, and the risk of serious infection. During breast cancer surgery, surgeons may remove the lymph nodes under the arms to reduce the risk of the cancer spreading. As a result, the fluid in the nodes might not drain adequately, causing abnormal swelling known as lymphedema.
The Phoenix Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure serves central and northern Arizona, and since 1993, has granted more than $16 million to breast cancer treatment, education, prevention and outreach programs, in addition to breast cancer research.
For more information about the grant or how to access the funds, call Lori Pearlmutter, FMC Therapy Services director, at 214-3519.