Dr Beth DuPree and I

After I completed teaching a Level II course in New York I travelled to Pennyslvania to meet with Dr Beth DuPree, Marcy McCaw PT and staff at the Holy Redeemer Hospital.  Dr Beth DuPree has one of the leading breast cancer centres in America which combines both the wisdom of eastern medicine with state of the art western medical technology.  The clinic has created a wellness centre which has been set up for women and men with breast cancer to receive complimentary treatments to assist them in their healing process.  I was also given the opportunity to go into surgery with Dr Du Pree and watch a series of surgeries including the opportunity to feel lymph nodes after a sentinal node biopsy. For further details on the center click here.

I spent a couple of days assisting with the design and protocol for a research trial into the effects of treatment with the Lympstar Pro to the chest and axilla to patients with breast and chest lymphoedema following cancer treatment.  I also had the opportunity to attend a journal evening where I meet with oncologists, surgeons and radiologists for the Pennyslvania area.

It was a priviledge to meet with Dr DuPree who has moved mountains to bring both medical and complimentary worlds together.  This type of clinic, in my opinion, needs to be the model for all cancer centres.


 

Visiting Fellowship- Flinders University

In May 2010 I was awarded a visiting fellowship for a research study at Flinders’ University in Adelaide, Australia. It was for a pilot trial to be undertaken at the Department of Surgical Oncology Unit & Lymphedema Assessment Clinic working alongside Professor Neil Pillar. The study was a pilot study of the benefits of 10 treatments of mild frequency vibration, utilising the Lympstar Pro to the chest and axilla to patients with breast and chest lymphoedema following cancer treatment.

The study commenced in November 2010 where 10 patients were recruited with varying degrees of lymphoedema.  A number of measures were taken utilising the following:

  • BIS
  • Perometry
  • Tonometry
  • BP & pulse
  • SRS scale
  • Other comments

I wish to thank Prof Neil Pillar for this opportunity and experience along with Jan Douglas for her support through the trial process.

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