Our guest this week is Dr. Teresa Lee, a lymphedema physiotherapist specialist. Lymphedema is often referred to as a ‘dreaded side effect’ in oncology. However, it is something we cannot always avoid. Her book, Navigating Lymphedema, A Guide for Cancer Survivors, provides cancer survivors with the tools to treat lymphedema.
This week, we will discuss what you should know about lymphedema, how to treat it, and how to help your patients. Even therapists outside of oncology can help if a patient comes in with this diagnosis. Being able to support your patients with the right tools is part of quality patient care. Every patient is unique, so their care will depend on their individual circumstances. There is, however, one universal treatment: compression.
With the understanding and knowledge of the tools to treat lymphedema, you will be able to assist a patient on their oncology journey. Dr. Teresa Lee has been caring for cancer and lymphedema patients for the past 20 years. Her teachings aim to help others who are new to cancer treatment and lymphedema.
About Dr. Teresa Lee, PT
Dr Teresa Lee is a physiotherapist who specialises in lymphoedema and musculoskeletal problems related to cancer care. She obtained a PhD in physiotherapy in 2008. She currently has appointments at the Melanoma Institute Australia and Royal North Shore Hospital and is a Research Associate at The University of Sydney.
She was the New South Wales representative for the Australasian Lymphology Association (ALA) 2012 – 2014 and was the Australian Physiotherapy Association New South Wales Chair of the Cancer, Palliative Care and Lymphoedema Special Interest Group 2012-2019. She was the Convenor of the 12th ALA Conference and won the 2017 Australian Physiotherapy Association NSW Branch Award for “Outstanding Contribution to the Profession”.
- APA Cancer and Lymphoedema Physiotherapist
- PhD in physiotherapy rehabilitation of breast cancer patients in 2008
- Author of Navigating Lymphoedema – A Guide for Cancer Survivors
- Research Associate at The University of Sydney
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