First Time Lymphedema Management will be Featured on Guam at the 2017 Breast Cancer Conference: “Unmasking Breast Cancer; Sharing Wisdom & Resources”

For Immediate Release

September 12, 2017; 9:30am

DPHSS Release No. 2017-078

First Time Lymphedema Management will be Featured on Guam at the 2017 Breast Cancer Conference: “Unmasking Breast Cancer; Sharing Wisdom & Resources”

In recognition of October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Department of Public Health and Social Services’ Guam Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program (GBCCEDP) will be hosting the 2017 Breast Cancer Conference: “Unmasking Breast Cancer; Sharing Wisdom & Resources on Friday, October 20, 2017 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with the location to be announced.

 The conference is open to all healthcare professionals, breast cancer patients, survivors, caregivers, and their families.

 Health providers, women and their families will be able to learn more about the common signs and symptoms of breast cancer, types of breast cancers, understanding their pathology, treatment options, coping and management. For the first time, Lymphedema Management will be discussed on Guam by Jason Francis L. Roxas, R.N., C.L.T. (USA), Affiliate Consultant at the St. Luke’s Medical Center, Global City, Philippines. Lymphedema refers to swelling that generally occurs in arms or legs. Lymphedema is most commonly caused by the removal of or damage to the lymph nodes as a part of cancer treatment. It results from a blockage in the lymphatic system, which is part of the immune system. The blockage prevents lymph fluid from draining well, and the fluid buildup that leads to swelling. There's no cure for lymphedema, but it can be managed with early diagnosis and diligent care of the affected limb. Mr. Roxas will cover the basic understanding of the physiology and pathophysiology of the lymphatic system, determine the different diagnosis of lymphedema, and the overview of the treatment modalities for treating breast cancer-related lymphedema.

 GNA has given an approval of seven (7) contact hours for the conference. If you are seeking continuing education credits, the fee for non-GNA members is $35 ($5 per credit) while members are free. Payment can be made onsite. Please make check payable to the Guam Nurses Association. AAFP credits have been applied for seven (7) CME units.

 Please see attached flyer for more information regarding the conference. Seating is limited!

 If you have any questions or comments, or if you wish to register, please contact Arlie F. Bonto at 735-0672 or arlie.bonto@dphss.guam.gov.  Deadline to register is Friday, October 13, 2017.