Men and lymphedema: no duct tape needed for self-care

Men are just as likely as women to develop lymphedema after surgery

men and lymphedema

Katherine Konosky finds her male lymphedema patients focus on short term solutions – she takes extra care to educate them about self care, since an important goal is to reduce the severity of future lymphedema episodes.

 

mCancerPartner recently talked about men and lymphedema with Katherine Konosky, OTR/L, MS, CLT-LANA, an occupational therapy clinical specialist in the U-M Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation. She is the lead occupational therapist for the Cancer Rehabilitation/Lymphedema Program.  Her team does a monthly lymphedema education class at the U-M Comprehensive Cancer Center for patients whose cancer surgery involved the arm, chest or back.

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Autologous donation: Can I donate my own blood before cancer surgery?

autologous donation
If you are facing surgery as treatment for your cancer, you may need a blood transfusion during the surgery. Sometimes people are nervous about receiving another person’s blood. Any blood transfusion may result in minor side effects including fever, chills or hives. Although there is a possibility of a serious reaction, rarely do these occur. Improved donor screening and blood testing procedures have made the nation’s blood supply safer than it has ever been. But there is often the option of making your own blood donation, called an autologous donation, in advance to use during your surgery. Continue reading