The Complete Lymphedema Management and Nutrition Guide
Lymphedema treatment is an emerging area of interest and historically misunderstood and underdiagnosed. If started early, nutrition and exercise, along with treatment can stop or delay progression of the condition characterized by fluid retention and swelling that impacts about 10 million people in North America. It can be caused by infection, injury, genetic disorder, or as a complication of cancer treatment.
Chapters cover risk reduction, self-care, compression bandages, exercises, nutrition interventions to reduce inflammation, dietary fat changes, supplements, and meal planning. Skin care and weight issues are specifically discussed.
Level 1 CPE
Suggested Performance Indicators: 2.1.3, 2.1.8, 4.1.1, 4.1.2, 4.2.1, 4.2.2, 4.2.5, 4.2.7, 6.1.2, 6.1.5, 6.1.8, 6.2.3, 6.3.8, 8.1.1, 8.1.5, 8.3.1, 8.3.3, 8.3.4, 8.3.5, 8.3.7, 10.2.9
CPE Type: 720 for Printed/Paper Tests, 740 for Web-based/Online Tests
Upon successful completion, the users will be able to:
1. Describe three physiological features of the body’s lymphatic system and how it works.
2. Analyze two characteristics of the lymphatic fluid and where it accumulates.
3. List three factors that increase the risk for a person getting lymphedema.
4. Demonstrate two ways how the diagnosis of lymphedema is made.
5. Describe three reasons why the skin and its health are so important to a person with lymphedema.
6. Explain two purposes of manual lymphatic drainage.
7. Describe two exercises recommended and two to avoid for people with lymphedema.
8. Explain two ways body fat influences lymphedema.
9. Contrast the differing effects on lymphedema between the following fats: corn oil, medium-chain triglycerides (MCT), and Omega-6 oils.
10. Identify the maximum amount of MCT oil a person with lymphedema should have daily.
11. Describe the sequence of physiological events that leads to lymphedema.
12. Discuss the influence that chronic inflammation has on lymphangiogenesis.
13. Describe five recommendations of the most healthful diet for lymphedema.
14. Explain the one adjustment for persons with lymphedema that should be made on the Mediterranean diet.
Why we chose this book
Jean LaMantia, RDN is known for her practical, cancer-related books that make health counselors more effective with patient issues. Lymphedema can be a debilitating problem that needs weight, nutrition, exercise, and fat intake interventions.
About the author
Jean LaMantia, RDN, is a cancer survivor and bestselling specialist in cancer nutrition therapies. She is an engaging and popular speaker and counselor. Author of the book, The Essential Cancer Treatment Nutrition Guide & Cookbook.
Ann DiMenna, PT, CDT, is a trained physiotherapist with over 15 years of clinical experience in private practice and home care. She is the Clinical Director of Markham Lymphatic Centre in Markham, Ontario.