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Pilot program aims to prevent lymphoedema in South Coast breast cancer patients | Milton Ulladulla Times



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A new pilot program at Wollongong Hospital aims to halve the number of breast cancer patients who go on to develop lymphoedema. The Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District is one of 13 LHDs across the state to this month launch the NSW Health program, Early Intervention and Prevention of Chronic Lymphoedema. The pilot will also run at Shoalhaven Hospital. Wollongong Hospital physiotherapist Lesley Bertolla is one of 20 allied health professionals across the state who’ve undergone specialist training in lymphoedema therapy to run the pilot. She said it aimed to screen and assess people – mainly women – who had undergone breast cancer surgery for the early stages of the condition. “Lymphoedema is an accumulation of…

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