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Lymphedema Programs

Lymphedema Education and Prevention Class

Lymphedema is an accumulation of fluid, which causes swelling in the arms or legs and is due to an impairment in the lymphatic system. Lymphedema is often seen in the arms of women who have undergone axillary (armpit) lymph node dissection as part of their treatment for breast cancer. Comprehensive treatment of the lymphedema problem often involves manual lymph drainage (MLD), compression bandaging, excellent skin care, and specific exercises. You are invited to attend a free workshop to learn about lymphedema, prevention, treatment and precautionary measures that may potentialy help avoid the condition for individuals who have received cancer treatment. The same material is covered each class.

Location Instructors:
South Carolina Oncology Associates (SCOA)
166 Stoneridge Drive, Columbia, SC  29210
SCOA Education Room on the lower level
Kel Jansen, OTR/L, CLT-LANA
Shanda Berg, PT, CLT-LANA
Marie McGowan, PT, CLT-LANA, WCC




Dates and Time:  The first Tuesday of each month from 3–4 p.m.

January 6, 2015

May 5, 2015

September 1, 2015

February 3, 2015

June 2, 2015

October 6, 2015

March 3, 2015

July 7, 2015

November 3, 2015

April 7, 2015

August 4, 2015

December 1, 2015




    To register or for more information, call (803) 296-3564; registration is not mandatory - used only to contact attendees in the event of cancellation.

Breast Cancer Shoulder Program

Some breast cancer survivors report upper-body shoulder dysfunction, frozen shoulder or pain between six months and three years following breast cancer treatment.  These symptoms occur more frequently in people who have invasive treatments such as axillary lymph node dissection, mastectomy and reconstructive surgeries.  The Breast Cancer Shoulder Program is designed to provide expert evaluation and treatment of these side effects.  Other cancer treatment side effects such as cancer-related fatigue, chemotherapy-induced neuropathy, osteoporosis and weight gain have been positively affected by tailored exercise programs that are based on an individual's level of physical capacity and pre-existing conditions.  Shanda Berg, PT, CLT-LANA, is certified as a cancer exercise specialist and a lymphedema specialist with 13 years of breast cancer rehabilitation experience.  For more information about this program, please contact Shanda Berg at Shanda.Berg@Palmettohealth.org or call (803) 296-5675.  To schedule an appointment for evaluation, call (803) 296-5486. 

Lymphedema Support Group

The Lymphedema Support Group meets from 11:00am-12noon on the second Thursday of every month (except July) in Meeting Room 2, on the ground floor of 1501 Sumter Street (the Breast Center building located across the street from Baptist Hospital).  For more information, contact Marie McGowan, PT, CLT-LANA, WCC, at Marie.McGowan@Palmettohealth.org or call (803) 296-3361.

The National Lymphedema Network can provide additional information about lymphedema and help find a lymphedema treatment center close to you. For more information about breast cancer treatment, please visit the National Comprehensive Cancer Network web site.