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Getting the Word Out on Lymphedema and Dragon Boat Racing

10/12/2015, 4:30pm CDT
By Jennifer Thorup

Lymphedema and Dragon Boat Racing

I'm so proud to share with you an update regarding the quality of life (QOL) research study.  For those not familiar with this, our sister and Dragon Diva Medical Director, Dr. Sandy Rosenberg, MD, Medical Director for Wound Care and Lymphedema of the HealthEast Vascular Center, was surprised to learn at a recent 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 Dragon Divas and partnered with Dr. Linda Koehler, PhD of the University of Minnesota, Department of Physical Therapy, along with four of Dr. Koehler's Physicial Therapy students, to do a quality of life (QOL) research study.  The Dragon 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.  Over 1,000 questionnaires were returned, making this the largest study of its kind.

Dr. Rosenberg was recently interviewed by Jodi Ritacca on 'Inside HealthCare', a local cable news production, about this quality of life research study.  She beautifully explained lymphedema, the job of the lymphatic system, and the initial finding of the study.  Dr. Rosenberg's interview is airing on many local cable news channels.  You can watch it at

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