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American Cancer Grant Benefits Cancer Survivors at Barnesville Hospital

Funding received through the American Cancer Society Virginia Gasaway Community Investment Grant allowed Barnesville Hospital to purchase a chair to assist in the treatment of lymphedema. Lymphedema is a common problem that can be caused by cancer and cancer treatments. It is the build-up of fluid in soft body tissues when the lymph system is damaged or blocked.

Judy Barrick, a Registered Occupational Therapist at Barnesville Hospital, is a certified lymphedema therapist. Patients are thrilled with the comfort of the new chair. It is so much easier to treat patients, said Judy. The reclining chair increases patients comfort, reduces respiratory distress, and increases safety.

Lymphedema treatments can reduce swelling and decrease the risk of infection. The treatment includes skin care, massage, special bandaging, exercises, and fitting for a compression sleeve or stocking. The goal is to increase patient mobility and to restore the patient to a functional and healthier lifestyle.

Funding was also used to purchase compression sleeves used in the treatment of lymphedema.

We are extremely grateful to the American Cancer Society for the funding to assist us to care for cancer patients and cancer survivors, said David Phillips, Chief Executive Officer. The chair and the lymphedema sleeves help us to improve the quality of life of our patents. The Gasaway funding is positively impacting the lives of cancer patients and survivors in our community.

To learn more about the treatment of lymphedema, contact Judy Barrick at 740-425-5110.