CaSfA - Cancer Support for All
News from CaSfA's Director

December 2013

Peer Support for Cancer Survivors

An article in Living Beyond Breast Cancer’s Winter 2013/2014 Newsletter discusses the importance of peer support in the cancer journey.  (http://www.lbbc.org/About-LBBC/LBBC-Newsletter-and-Publication-Archive/National-Newsletter/Insight-Winter-2013-2014/Peer-Support-Throughout-Your-Journey-Insight-Winter-2013-2014):  “According to Peers for Progress, a program of the American Academy of Family Physicians Foundation, peer emotional support is when ‘people with a common illness are able to share knowledge and experiences — including some that many health workers do not have.’” This type of support is not only helpful because it comes from someone “who get’s it”, but also because it counteracts the feelings of isolation that often accompany cancer. Peer support is one of the most important benefits of CaSfA!  Please join me at CaSfA events not only to get support, but also to give advice and support to others!

Lymphedema

Cancer survivors are especially susceptible to lymphedema.  Lymphedema is swelling of a part or parts of the body caused by the accumulation of lymph fluid. It occurs if the lymphatic system is damaged or not functioning properly. While the limbs are typically involved, the face, neck, groin and abdomen may also be affected. Many develop the disorder following cancer therapy (particularlybreast cancerwhere the lymph nodes are removed), but radiation, recurrent infections, injuries or surgery can also damage lymphatics.
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