Recently released – online presentations from Lymphatic Education & Research Network

Prevention of Breast Cancer Related Lymphedema (BCRL)

Sheldon Feldman, MD, FACS
Chief of Breast Surgery, Montefiore-Einstein Cancer Center, New York

This presentation includes:

  • BCRL overview
  • Patient QOL related to axillary surgery
  • Rationale /options to minimize axillary surgery
  • Clinical strategies to reduce BCRL: axillary reverse mapping (ARM) and lymphatic – venous anastomosis (LYMPHA)
  • Patient education/surveillance to identify early extremity volume change

ABOUT THE SPEAKER: Sheldon Marc Feldman, M.D., F.A.C.S., presents “Prevention of Breast Cancer Related Lymphedema.” Dr. Feldman is Chief of Breast Surgery and Breast Surgical Oncology at the Montefiore-Einstein Cancer Center in New York, and Director of breast cancer services and Professor of surgery at Montefiore Medical Center, Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

Removing the Mystery Around Bioimpedance: Moving Towards a New Standard of Care

Sheila Ridner, PhD
Director, PhD in Nursing Science Program, Vanderbilt University School of Nursing

This presentation covers the following topics:

  • Importance of Bioimpedance to the lymphatic community.
  • Definition of Bioelectrical Impedance
  • How Bioimpedance works.
  • Brief history of the evolution of Bioimpedance
  • Rapid progression of science
  • My program of research-
    • Initial study-patient response
    • Home-based self-measurement study
    • PREVENT study
    • Implications for new standard of care

As part of this presentation Sheila suggests that in the future there may be no need to take a pre operative L- Dex measurement but rather an L- Dex that is 7 or greater will be considered as lymphoedema. Watch this space!!

Sheila discusses the following research paper as part of her presentation.

A Prospective Study of L-Dex Values in Breast Cancer Patients Pre treatment and Through 12 Months Postoperatively

Further details of this paper and main findings can be found

ABOUT THE SPEAKER: Sheila H. Ridner, PhD, RN, FAAN, is the Martha Rivers Ingram Professor of Nursing at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing in Nashville, TN. She is an internationally recognised scientist and expert in the field of lymphedema and lymphatic research.