Doctors Community Hospital is offering a free lymphedema support group on October 16 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. People who have lymphedema as well as their caregivers are invited to attend.
The lymphatic system covers the human body like a net. It collects, transports and filters waste products including protein, metabolic waste and inflammatory byproducts that are present in body fluids.
The lymphatic system is also responsible for white blood cell transportation by way of lymphatic vessels, which contribute to the body’s ability to prevent diseases. When there is a blockage in the lymphatic system, fluid can build up causing swelling in one or more limbs as well as the face, neck, trunk or perineal region. This swelling is known as lymphedema. It is a chronic, yet treatable, condition that is sometimes triggered by surgery, infection, musculoskeletal injuries, underdeveloped lymphatic system at birth and use of chemotherapy or radiation treatment for cancer irradiation.
Doctors Community Hospital’s Lymphedema Center provides support and education to help people who have lymphedema improve the quality of their lives. Within a nurturing and caring environment, its support group encourages participants to share their experiences with as well as encouragement to others who have lymphedema. With one of the largest lymphedema programs in Maryland, members of the center are available at the support group to answer questions.
When: October 16, 2012; 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: Doctors Community Hospital
8100 Good Luck Road; North Building; 5th Floor
Lanham, Maryland 20706
RSVP: 301-DCH-4YOU or 301-324-4968