Debunking Lymphedema Risk-Reduction Behaviors: Risky Conclusions

A recent article in the Journal of Clinical Oncology by Ferguson et al.1 is being summarized, both in the NEJM Journal Watch and in the associated JCO editorial by Ahn and Port,2 as demonstrating and proving that iatrogenic trauma to the at-risk arm and flying without compression garments do not cause breast cancer-related lymphedema (BCRL), and clinical practice should be changed to reflect these...

What You Didn’t Know About Compression Garments

Exam Question: A Class 1 (20-30 mmHg) compression sleeve gives a pressure of: A. 30 mmHg pressure distally and 20 mmHg proximally B. 20 mmHg distally and 30 mmHg proximally C. 20-30 mmHg somewhere along the garment D. 20 mmHg distally at the smallest circumference in the range listed for that point and 30 mmHg at the largest circumference How do graduated compression garments real...

Modern Day Compression Garments

“Colors, like features, follow the changes of the emotions.” Pablo Picasso Although my specialty is lymphedema therapy, my treatment philosophy has evolved to guide patients along a healing path so that each individual can actualize their health potential on multiple levels: certainly physical, but also emotional, spiritual, and energetic. That is I do not limit my view and interventions to...