Lymphedema Awareness D-Day (March 6th) is a day when the National Lymphedema Network and the entire Lymphedema Community set out to bring awareness and education to the world about lymphedema and those who struggle with the disease or who contribute to the community. So today please check out www.lymphnet.org and make your voice heard!
The LymphTracker™ Team apologizes for any problems our users who recently upgraded to iOS 6 may be experiencing. Don’t worry – our team is on it and the problem should be rectified soon. In the meantime, please remember that LymphTracker™ is a great tool for keeping track of baseline pre-operative measurements prior to any surgery that will require a lymph node biopsy.
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM), and we hope LymphTracker™ will become a helpful tool for anyone diagnosed with Breast Cancer, to help prevent one of the side effects from treatment called lymphedema. It is hard to believe NBCAM was founded in 1985, which means it has been around longer in the United States than the gold standard for lymphedema treatment, known as Complete Decongestive Therapy. CDT did not come to the United States until later in the 1980’s.
A lot has changed since those days, especially the awareness about Breast Cancer Related Lymphedema (BCRL). Recent studies have shown the positive benefits to establishing a pre-operative baseline and then taking measurements on a regular basis after surgery and being aware of the early symptoms. This is one of the primary uses for LymphTracker™. So “Think Pink” this month and pass along this app to a friend or family member who could use this helpful tool. You can “gift” it in the app store. For more information on early detection of lymphedema please check out the National Lymphedema Network’s position paper on “Screening and Measurement for Early Detection of Breast Cancer Related Lymphedema” at the following site:
LymphTracker™ is the first-ever app available on iPhone and iPad dedicated to the lymphedema patient. What makes LymphTracker™ so unique, so forward thinking is that it provides a tool for patient self monitoring of a preexisting swelling or to verify the signs of a first-ever swelling. With this powerful tool patients can easily record measurements at home or in the clinic under the supervision of a Certified Lymphedema Therapist.
Since the future of lymphedema management (as verified by multiple studies) will rely heavily upon early intervention to mitigate and reverse even the slightest limb changes, LymphTracker™ empowers patients and clinicians to be evermore proactive in one simple method of ongoing, early surveillance. At a recent international conference where LymphTracker™ was released to the public, knowledgeable clinicians immediately embraced the concept, calling it “an exciting step forward”, “a long overdue and intelligent use of technology” and “a must-have for all patients and clinicians”.
As you explore the app we invite your participation providing feedback towards the refinement of coming LymphTracker™ updates. Also please inform your network of the recent release of LymphTracker™ so it reaches more patients and clinicians who will recognize its value.