Clovis Community Medical Center’s Lymphedema Clinic received a $35,000 grant from Susan G. Komen’s Central Valley. The grant will help provide lymphedema and related rehabilitation services to those battling breast cancer, who otherwise might not be able to afford care.
Because of Komen’s Central Valley support, Clovis Community can now provide more resources for patients with lymphedema, axillary web syndrome and related conditions who might not have had access to care.
Lymphedema is an accumulation of lymphatic fluid causing swelling in the affected area, which can develop after breast surgery. In addition to care and treatment, Clovis Community also provides patient education for preventative care to help patients have better outcomes.
“We strive to help each client reduce the risk of infection and swelling, and we instruct every patient in a proper self-care program,” said Lynn Gilbank, Clovis Community physical therapist and certified lymphedema therapist, “Education is an important component of our service.”
In addition to supporting Clovis Community, Komen Central Valley helps other organizations throughout the Fresno area.
“Support and participation in our local Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure allows us the opportunity to provide grants that fund lymphedema treatment”, said Sharon Johnson Executive Director Susan G. Komen Central Valley, “We are proud to partner with Clovis Community Medical Center’s Lymphedema Clinic because they are our lifeline to the breast cancer community. Not only do they help ease the pain and symptoms caused by lymphedema, they educate the community on this condition.”
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