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April 2015 Newsletter

(MLD)  Compression therapy  Decongestive and breathing exercises  Skin and nail care CDT is performed in two phases; in the first phase, also known as the intensive phase, treatments are adminis- tered by trained lymphedema therapists on a daily basis until the affected body part is decongested. The results of measurements on the affected body part determine the end of the first phase of CDT; once meas- urements approach a plateau, the end of phase one is reached and the patient progresses seamlessly into phase two of CDT. Phase two, also known as the self- management phase, is an ongoing and individualized part of CDT, in which the patient assumes responsibility for maintaining and improving the treatment results achieved in phase one. During the intensive phase, the patients are instructed by the therapist in the individual components of self- management, which include a skin care regimen, home exercises, self-manual lymph drainage, the application of compression garments for daytime use and if necessary, the application of bandages at night. The use of appropriate skin care products, short-stretch compression bandages and compression garments are imperative to the effective management of lymphedema. Academy Bandages, a subsidiary of the Academy of Lymphatic Stud- ies, maintains a vast inventory of these products for patients affected by Lymphedema. Check out the convenient pre-packaged bandaging kits for the upper and/or lower extremities and the entire product selection at (Continued from page 1) P A G E 5S A R A S O T A - B R A D E N T O N DOD Breast Cancer Research Program Needs Your Voice by Michelle Stears Did you know that significant amount of U.S. government funding for breast cancer research comes from the Department of Defense budget? The funding is appropri- ated by Congress to the Depart- ment of Defense (DOD) Breast Can- cer Research Program (BCRP), but the DOD BCRP needs to be reappro- priated by congressional represen- tatives to continue. Representatives King (R-NY), resentative, click on the follow- ing link: http:// Sections/Representatives/ myrepresentative.aspx This action will let your Repre- sentatives know how important the DOD BCRP is to breast can- cer research. Thank you for TAKING ACTION on this impor- tant item. McGovern (D-MA), Costello (R- PA) and Hastings (D-FL) are cir- culating a Dear Colleague Letter, asking House of Representative Members to sign a letter to the Defense Appropriations Sub- committee leadership, support- ing level funding for the DOD BCRP. ACTION ITEM: Find your U.S. Representative and ask them to sign on with their support. To find YOUR rep-

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