Group available for lymphedema patients

JASPER — The Lange-Fuhs Cancer Center at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center is now offering a support group for patients who have or are at risk for developing lymphedema, which is a chronic swelling caused by a build-up of fluid.

Physical Therapist Rachelle Frank will provide education, prevention and support for lymphedema. The support group will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 27, in the Lange-Fuhs Cancer Center Conference Room located at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center’s Dorbett Street entrance.

The lymphatic system is a network of vessels and nodes throughout the body that are responsible for removal of proteins and white blood cells from the surrounding tissues. When these vessels or nodes are damaged by trauma, surgery, radiation, cancer, infection or an inherited abnormality, fluid can build up. This fluid build-up leads to swelling in an extremity such as the leg or arm as well as the trunk, genitals, head and neck.

For more information about the support group, visit Memorial Hospital’s website at and click on “Classes & Events,” or call the Lange-Fuhs Cancer Center at 812-996-5242. Preregistration is not necessary.

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