Carolinas Medical Center-Union will now have more supplies to help treat lymphedema patients. The Monroe hospital was one of 24 in a nine county area to receive grant funding from the Susan G Komen’s Charlotte Chapter. CMC-Union received $13,445, which hospital officials said would be used to purchase supplies for lymphedema patients.
“Many of the supplies needed by lymphedema patients to manage their condition, including customized compression garments and bandages, are not typically covered by insurance companies, leaving the patient to bear the financial burden,” Oncology Program Manager Donna Little said. “This generous funding will allow us to provide our patients with what they need so they can regain a more normal, healthy lifestyle.”
Lymphedema is a condition where a build up of fluid creates swelling in a person’s upper or lower extremities. Multiple studies estimate up to 40 percent of breast cancer patients will develop lymphedema, as their lymphatic system has been damaged by surgery or radiation therapy.
CMC-Union’s lymphedema program was launched last year. A certified therapist helps patients by manually draining lymph fluid, helping with exercises and compression bandaging.
For more information about the lymphedema program at CMC-Union, call 704-283-3277.