Lymphedema is related to the functioning of the lymphatic system which helps fight off infection and clears debris from the body. The lymph nodes remove bacteria and debris from the lymph before draining into the bloodstream. Lymphedema in this medical population occurs when lymph nodes are removed or damaged as a result of cancer treatment and subsequently there is a problem with the flow of lymph resulting in an abnormal buildup of fluid that causes swelling.
Lymphedema can be mild, or severe. It can develop immediately or decades later following the trauma and it is a chronic problem. Multiple studies between 2003 and 2009 demonstrated the negative psychosocial impact of Lymphedema in breast cancer survivors.
There are currently no local programs available to assist women with their needed compression garments. Lymphedema is a serious medical problem and although insurance covers lymphedema therapy, the compression garments are a vital and necessary part of the treatment for this lifelong medical problem.
Breast cancer survivors who have developed lymphedema as a result of their cancer treatment and are in need of compression garments but (a) have no insurance coverage for compression garments; or (b) have insurance coverage, but are unable to afford to pay their co-pays and deductibles.
- Have a prescription from her physician for any compression garments.
- Have a referral from her lymphedema therapist.
- Be seen by a designated Program Coordinator (see below) for a voucher and an appointment to be fitted.
- Be fitted by a Wings contracted medical supplier.
- Ready-made compression garments every 12 months or
- Maximum of $170 towards purchase of custom compression garment every 12 months.
For more information:
Please contact a designated Program Coordinator:
901.683.0055 ext. 61187
Danielle Cox, Wings Cancer Foundation
7668 Airways, Southaven, MS 38671
2001 State Dr., Corinth, MS 38834
322 Hospital Blvd., Jackson, TN 38305