#018 – Lymphedema, How Lymphatics Work, and Effective Therapies- Part-2 – Dr. Paula Stewart

About This Episode

Noted expert in the world of Lymphology, Dr. Paula Stewart, returns to the Our Cancer Journey Podcast to continue our conversation about the disease called Lymphedema. In this Part-2 installment of our in-depth interview with Dr. Stewart, Host Bruce Watkins and our guest open the episode by discussing how the network of Lymphatic veins works with the circulatory system to move fluids. The Lymphatic system does all of its work without the benefit of a beating heart muscle (so fascinating!). Dr. Paula then covers various ways we, together with the help of a trained lymphedema therapist, can not just stop the progression of Lymphedema, but how we can in many cases reverse the swelling and potential complications of this disease. 

Exercise, expert lymphatic massage, and using specific compression wrapping (short stretch bandages and garments) along with the correct wrapping techniques, are all discussed in this information-rich episode. All this, and some laughter-filled banter as well! Host Bruce and Dr. Paula make a point to break down this complicated topic into very accessible and easy-to-understand concepts so everyone can benefit from this information.

SPECIAL Announcement:

As mentioned in this episode, outside of hosting the Our Cancer Journey Podcast, Host Bruce Watkins is a writer, a media producer, and a speaker. In one of his recent projects, Bruce was tapped to produce a long-form Lymphedema Education Video for the University of Cincinnati Cancer Center (UCCC) in Cincinnati, Ohio, United States. The University of Cincinnati, UCCC, and UC Health were kind enough to allow Bruce and the OCJ Podcast show to share this video with our listeners. Click Here to watch the UCCC Lymphedema Education Video:

Hear PART-1 of the OCJ Podcast interview with Dr. Stewart:

CLICK HERE to Listen to #017 – Lymphedema & Lymphatic System Intro – Part-1 – Dr. Paula Stewart



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References and Resources Mentioned in this Episode:

Lymphology Association of North America website: https://www.clt-lana.org/

Books by Dr. Paula Stewart:

100 Questions & Answers About Lymphedema

Lymphedema Wellness Manual: The Interactive Lymphedema Management System for Patients and Therapists

Episode Guest: Dr. Paula Stewart

Paula JB Stewart MD, MS CLT-LANA graduated from Stanford University with a BA in Human

Biology and a Masters in Neurobiology. After graduating from Medical School at the University

of Minnesota in 1987, she completed her residency in PM&R at the Mayo Clinic in 1991. Dr. Stewart went on to establish one of the largest lymphedema clinics on the Eastern seaboard in Charlotte, NC at the Charlotte Institute of Rehabilitation where she served as the Research Director for 10 years, and eventually contributed to the Institute winning designation as a Model System for TBI for CIR.

In 1999, along with Dr. Joseph Feldman, Dr. Stewart participated in the founding of the Lymphology Association of North America (LANA), where she served in multiple leadership roles including Vice-President and eventually President of the Association. She has written multiple articles, co-authored books and has spoken nationally and internationally on the topic of lymphedema. Throughout this advocacy work, she is also held positions as a treating physician at clinics and medical centers in various locations.  

Episode Host: Bruce Watkins

A Father, Cancer survivor, producer, podcaster, writer & content creator, speaker, voice-over artist, facilitator/moderator, avid traveler, cultural explorer, humanitarian, giving-back & minimalist evangelist, music enthusiast, former Corporate people leader, and curious soul who transformed into an unapologetically optimistic and unpretentious advocate of Life-Optimization for all. 

After surviving Cancer and other life-changing experiences in 2017, Bruce gave away most of his possessions, left his home behind, and began traveling, writing, volunteering, and giving back. 



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