Breast Clinic

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The Breast Cancer Clinic at WMCC is a comprehensive clinic.  It was started to speed up the time from diagnosis to the treatment of breast cancer.  All of the people involved in your care meet before each clinic to create a treatment plan that is right for you.  Your healthcare team may include:

  • Medical Oncologists
  • Radiation Oncologists
  • Nurse Practitioners/Physician Assistants
  • Surgeons
  • Pathologists
    Borgess Medical Center
    Bronson Methodist Hospital
  • Radiologists
    Advanced Radiology Services
    Premier Radiology
  • Genetic Counselors
  • Clinical Trials Nurses
  • Social Workers
  • Dietitians
  • Clinic Coordinator

Your Clinic Visit

During your clinic visit you may meet with a:

  • Medical Oncologist
  • Radiation Oncologist
  • Physician Assistant/Nurse Practitioner
  • Social Worker
  • Clinic Coordinator
  • Clinical Trials Nurses

Contact Information

To make an appointment, you must have a diagnosis of breast cancer and a referral from your surgeon or primary care doctor.

Lymphedema & Breast Cancer

What is Lymphedema & the Lymphatic System?

• The lymphatic system has vessels which collect fluid, protein and bacteria as well as lymph nodes that clean the fluid before returning it to the blood.

• Lymphedema is chronic swelling because the fluid is not being moved properly.

• In breast cancer, swelling is most common in the arms but can also occur in the breast, chest and back.

• Lymphedema can be caused by removal of lymph nodes, radiation therapy, trauma or scarring from infection.

• Early treatment is beneficial in managing lymphedema.

Symptoms of Lymphedema

• Soft swelling lasting more than 24 hours in the breast, chest, shoulder, arm or hand.

• A tight feeling in the skin.

• Loss of natural wrinkles of the hands and fingers.

• Affected areas may become achy, painful, tingly and feel heavy.

• Decrease in movement and strength making it difficult to do some activities.

A feeling of tightness when wearing clothing, shoes, bracelets, watches or rings.

Preventative Steps

• Keep your BMI (Body Mass Index) under 30 – If your BMI is greater than 30

you are 3.6 times more likely to develop lymphedema. Work with your physician to manage your weight.

• Exercise – regular aerobic and strength training is beneficial.

• Avoid high exertion in hot humid weather.

• Skin Care – keep your skin clean and moisturized and use sunscreen.

• Avoid blocking the flow of fluids through the body – wear only loose jewelry and clothes without tight bands or elastic.

Treatment

• Tell your health care provider or oncologist right away if you notice symptoms of lymphedema.

• Your health care provider or oncologist will assess and refer you to a certified lymphedema therapist if needed.  Treatment by a trained therapist may include: massage or manual lymphatic treatment, bandaging, exercises and skin care.

• Treatment is aimed at helping you continue with activities of daily living, improving the ability to move and use your limbs, and instruction in self management techniques.

• Lymphedema can be managed very well with early treatment

How To Contact a Lymphedema Specialist

Borgess 269.552.2312

Bronson 269.544.3230 ext. 200

References and Online Support

This information was compiled from:

www.cancer.org

www.nci.gov