Doctors Community Hospital is offering free education and support meetings to help people who are combating lymphedema or swelling in one or more limbs as well as the face, neck, trunk or perineal region.
The hospital’s Lymphedema Center provides support and education to help people who have lymphedema improve the quality of their lives. With one of the largest lymphedema programs in Maryland, the hospital’s experienced and compassionate professionals are available at these meetings to provide useful information and answer questions.
Dates: February 12, 2014
April 16, 2014
July 16, 2014
October 15, 2014
December 17, 2014
Time: 12 – 1:30 p.m.
Where: Doctors Community Hospital
8100 Good Luck Road; North Building
Lanham, Maryland 20706
Registration: 301-DCH-4YOU or 301-324-4968
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.