Lymphedema is swelling in the arm or hand caused by a buildup of lymph fluid. This may happen if lymph nodes have been removed by surgery, damaged by radiation therapy or by the cancer itself. It is difficult to predict who will get lymphedema. The risk is higher if you’ve had many lymph nodes removed or if you’ve had radiation therapy to your underarm area.
The Cancer Care Program offers services for the assessment and management of lymphedema. If you are experiencing lymphedema ask your health care provider to refer you to the Lymphedema Program at the Dr. H Bliss Murphy Cancer Centre.
Referrals can be mailed to the Lymphedema Program at the Dr. H. Bliss Murphy Cancer Centre, or faxed to (709) 777-2299.
The Elaine Deluney Patient and Family Resource Library is located on the first floor of the Dr. H. Bliss Murphy Cancer Centre. It has books, pamphlets and video/audio tapes covering a wide range of cancer-related topics. There is also a computer with internet access. Library materials are also available in each of the regional cancer centres in Corner Brook, Grand Falls-Windsor and Gander.
Look Good Feel Better
Launched in 1992 by a charitable foundation of the Canadian Cosmetic Toiletry and Fragrance Association (CCTFA), Look Good Feel Better
is Canada’s only cancer charity dedicated to empowering women to manage the effects that cancer and its treatment have on their appearance, and often on their morale.
Look Good Feel Better
offers workshops for women dealing with cancer. A team of specially trained volunteers can assist you in dealing with the side effects of cancer treatment in the areas of skin care, make-up and hair alternatives. Workshops are offered at the Dr. H. Bliss Murphy Cancer on the third Tuesday of every month, from September to June.
If you would like to attend a session, you can register at the main desk of the Dr. H. Bliss Murphy Centre, or call 777-6480.
Canadian Cancer Society’s Living Room
This special space is designated for patients who would like to obtain a temporary prosthesis, head apparel, or other special clothing. This room is staffed by volunteers, most of which have had some personal experience with cancer. They provide practical advise and support. The room is located on the first floor of the Dr. H. Bliss Murphy Cancer Centres and is open at various times of the day.
The Canadian Cancer Society has similar services available across the province and at Daffodil Place in St. John’s NL.