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006: Demystifying the Lymphatic System and Lymphedema

Updated: Jun 22, 2021

with Special Guest - The Lymphedema Guru

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Episode Summary:

Our lymphatic system is a critical portion of the body's immune system and yet, sadly, it's barely covered in medical school. Tammey spoke with Joachim (Joe) Zuther who wrote the literal textbook on lymphedema. Joe, also known as the Lymphedema Guru, founded the Department of Lymphology at the School for Physical Therapy in Ulm, Germany in 1990. Having found his passion, he formed The Academy of Lymphatic Studies which provides Lymphedema Therapy Certification courses across the United States. His book, “The Textbook for Comprehensive Lymphedema Management” is now in its fourth edition and continues to be an invaluable resource to medical professionals. Joe and Tammey discuss the lymphatic system, lymphedema staging, risks from breast cancer treatment, risk reduction, and the gold standard of treatment, Complete Decongestive Therapy, or CDT.

“It's kind of a neglected system in the body even these days. Medical students only hear a couple of hours about lymphatic system through their studies, it's a shame.” -Joachim Zuther, Lymphedema Guru Click to tweet

Topics in this Episode:

  • Lymph – The Neglected System

  • Breast Cancer Surgical Interventions and the Lymphatic System

  • Lymphedema and Risk Avoidance

  • Talking with Health Professionals about Your Lymphedema Risk

  • Knowing your Treatment Options

  • Free Lymphedema Resources

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