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Getting the Word Out on Lymphedema and Dragon Boat Racing!

10/12/2015, 10:30am CDT
By Jennifer Thorup

Lymphedema and Dragon Boat Racing

I'm so very proud to share with you an update regarding our quality of life research study.  For those of you who are not familiar with this, our sister and Dragon Divas' Medical Director, Dr. Sandy Rosenberg, MD, Medical director for wound Care and Lymphedema of the Health East Vascular Center, was surprised to learn at a lymphedema medical conference a little over a year ago, that very few medical providers who treated patients suffering from lymphedema were aware of dragon boat racing, much less the many physical and emotional benefits experienced by survivors involved in dragon boat racing.  Knowing that the largest dragon boat festival of breast cancer survivors in the world was about to take place, Dr. Rosenberg set out to increase awareness in the medical community of the benefits of dragon boat racing for survivors.  Dr. Rosenberg enlisted the help from the Divas, and partnered with Dr. Linda Koehler, PhD of the University of Minnesota, Department of Physical Therapy, along with four of Dr. Koehler's Physical Therapy students, to do a quality of life (QOL) research study.  The Divas, under the guidance of Dr. Rosenberg, distributed and collected questionnaires at the International Breast Cancer Paddlers Commission (IBCPC)) Participatory Dragon Boat Festival in Sarasota, FL from 91 breast cancer survivor teams representing eight countries from around the world.  Over 1,000 questionnaires were returned, making ours the largest study of its kind! doesn't stop there!  Dr. Rosenberg gave an oral presentation of initial findings from our QOL study at the 25th World Congress of Lymphology medical conference in San Francisco, CA just last month.  She did an amazing jog getting the word out to providers from around the world.

There's more!  Dr. Rosenberg was also interviewed by Jodi Ritacca on 'Inside HealthCare', a local cable news production, about our quality of life study.  She beautifully explained lymphedema, the job of the lymphatic system, and the initial findings of our study.  Dr. Rosenberg's interview is airing on many local cable news channels and you can see it for yourself here: Inside HealthCare October 2015 (

Dr. Rosenberg has also recently submitted articles regarding our quality of life study and initial findings to the newsletter, 'This Week@HealthEast', as well as the International Breast Cancer Paddlers Commission newsletter.

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