Questions and Answers with Lymphedema Expert Dr. Emily Iker

Interview with Lymphedema Expert Dr. Emily Iker

Dr. Emily Iker

Dr. Emily Iker is director of the Lymphedema Center in Santa Monica. She is a well regarded Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation specialist focusing on the diagnosis, management and treatment of lymphatic disorders. 

 

Iker teaches and lectures annually, nationally and internationally, and is an instructor for Lymphedema Management courses. She is a member of the Scientific Committee for the 26th World Congress of Lymphology taking place in Barcelona, September 25 to 29, 2017 [http://www.lymphologycongress2017.com/]. Here she will lead the Lymphedema Management course as well as present several lectures on Lymphedema and Lipedema.

 

We interviewed Dr. Emily Iker over the phone.

Healthy Ways for Spouses to Cope After Breast Cancer Diagnosis

Coping in Healthy Ways After Breast Cancer Diagnosis

http://www.breastcancer.org/research-news/anxiety-common-for-partners-of-young-dx-women

When a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer, everyone around her is likely to be affected in some way.  There is often stress and anxiety for the patient and those closest to them. Spouses are confronted with feelings they have not had to deal with before, and knowing how to cope in the healthiest way possible is important for their mental, emotional and physical well-being.

Breast Cancer Rehabilitation Online Summit

Online International Breast Cancer Rehabilitation Summit

Wendy was contacted by Denise Stewart, an Occupational Therapist from Australia to make a presentation sharing her professional experience and opinions on breast cancer rehabilitation. Denise has produced a unique online summit for healthcare professionals to collaborate on the best way to help their patients.This summit brings together speakers from around the globe who will talk about a variety of issues concerning breast cancer rehabilitation. What happens after breast cancer treatment is often overlooked. This summit will be a step towards changing that. The main topic of Wendy’s presentation is breast prosthetics and will also touch on art as therapy for both patients and caregivers. Wendy’s talk will be up on day three of the summit. 

Make Your Own Breast Form

Unfortunately, the government does not provide enough funding for women to purchase a breast prosthesis post mastectomy. Not all women can afford a “nice” prosthesis that isn’t a basic generic gel bag.

making a prosthesis

Beverly Johnson, owner of Bra-makers Supply and  “Fairy Bra Mother”, based in Ontario has created a step by step guide on how to create your own home made breast form with some foam, beads and a sewing machine. The instructions are easy to follow and the materials are also affordable.

Top 5 reasons people get breast prosthetics

breast prosthesis

There are actually many reasons for people to get breast prosthetics. Some of them may come as a surprise. We all know someone who has struggled with post-mastectomy body changes after breast cancer treatment. You may not be aware that many women have breasts that are different sizes and in some women only one breast develops. Transitioning women may want to wear breast prosthetics at any point throughout their journey. Some people just enjoy enhancing or changing their curves. Lets not forget all the amazing performers out there. Prosthetic breasts can transform a person’s look and how they feel about themselves.

Know the Signs of Lymphedema

Fern Taylor of Delton wears a compression sleeve and glove on her right arm. Taylor suffers from lymphedema, causing fluid to build up her arm after having lymph nodes removed from her breast. Mark Bugnaski / Kalamazoo Gazette

Mark Bugnaski / Kalamazoo Gazette

Lymphedema is a condition involving the lymph nodes that occurs after surgery. While treating breast cancer lymph nodes may be removed, damaged or disturbed, leading to the potential for lymphedema to occur. Women should be aware of the signs and symptoms of lymphedema as they can manifest several years after surgery. If you notice any of the following, see your doctor right away: