Allina lymphedema expert elected to national leadership post
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. 03/29/2011--Nancy Hutchison, MD, a physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist, was elected chairman of the National Lymphedema Network Medical Advisory Committee March 13 in Chicago.
Dr. Hutchison is medical director of the Sister Kenny® Cancer Rehabilitation Program, a collaboration of Allina's Sister Kenny® Rehabilitation Institute and the Virginia Piper Cancer Institute® – Abbott Northwestern Hospital.
The National Lymphedema Network also presented Dr. Hutchison with a Lymphedema "D" Day Award in recognition of her "compassion and dedication to the treatment of lymphedema patients and the field of lymphology in the United States." Each year on March 6 the lymphedema community nationwide celebrates Lymphedema Awareness "D" Day to promote recognition and better treatment for lymphedema.
What is lymphedema?
Lymphedema is a common side effect of cancer treatments. Lymphedema is the swelling of a body part as a result of poor drainage of fluid from the area. This can occur after radiation or surgical removal of lymph nodes. Patients are treated with a variety of methods that include exercise, education, compression and massage.
Dr. Hutchison has a passion for improving methods of screening and prevention of lymphedema as well as ensuring all patients have access to adequate lymphedema care.
About National Lymphedema Network
The National Lymphedema Network (NLN) is an internationally recognized non-profit organization dedicated to providing lymphedema education and advocacy to the public, patients and health care professionals. For more about lymphedema and the National Lymphedema Network, go to lymphnet.org.
About Allina Hospitals & Clinics
Allina Hospitals & Clinics is a not-for-profit system of hospitals, clinics and other health care services, providing care throughout Minnesota and western Wisconsin. Allina owns and operates 11 hospitals, more than 90 clinics and specialty care centers, and specialty medical services that provide hospice care, oxygen and home medical equipment, pharmacies, and emergency medical transportation services.# # #