The Role for Oncology Dietitians in Lymphedema

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This webinar discusses the role dietitians can play in educating their patients about the risk factors and symptoms of Lymphedema, such as refering patients to appropriate professionals for treatment and teaching appropriate diet interventions.

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This webinar is free for ON DPG members.

Date: April 8
Time: noon - 1 p.m. (Eastern time)

Lymphedema is a chronic, debilitating side effect of cancer treatment. Lymphedema affects more people than MS, ALS, AIDS, Alzheimers  and Parkinson's combined. There are a lot of people suffering with this condition including a significant portion of cancer patients. As oncology dietitians, we can help to screen people who will be at risk and to advise them how to get the proper care. We can also help to discuss with our patients how diet can help improve their condition.

This topic is very timely as The Lymphedema Treatment Act has been passed by the senate with the aid of their key spokesperson, actress, Kathy Bates who has lymphedema as a result of ovarian and breast cancer treatment.

CPEU: 1.0
CPE Level: 2

Learning Objectives

  1. Visualize the lymphatic system and it's main roles regarding fluid management, immune support and digestion
  2. Demonstrate how a malfunctioning lymphatic system impacts the individual
  3. State 10 key strategies to help people reduce their risk of developing lymphedema
  4. Confidently explain to their clients the role that nutrition plays in the management of lymphedema


Jean Lamantia, RD

Jean LaMantia is a registered dietitian, cancer survivor and author of two books, The Essential Cancer Treatment Nutrition Guide and Cookbook and the Complete Lymphedema Management and Nutrition Guide. She focuses her career on helping people with cancer and/or lymphedema to use nutrition to reduce their risks and improve their condition.