When lymph nodes are removed or damaged during breast cancer treatment, it can result in painful and debilitating swelling. This condition is known as lymphedema, and experts estimate that from 20% to 30% of women will experience some level of lymphedema after breast cancer surgery or radiation.
Currently, Medicare and many private insurance policies fail to cover the costs of the daily compression supplies people with lymphedema need to control their swelling. People who can’t afford these supplies are left with worsening lymphedema, which can lead to infections and even long-term disability.
The Lymphedema Treatment Act would end this injustice by changing Medicare law to cover compression supplies—setting an important precedent for Medicaid and other insurers to do the same.
All women deserve access to comprehensive lymphedema treatment. Write and call your legislators and tell them to cosponsor the Lymphedema Treatment Act.
See the poster above for signup information and details about this fun event!
She’s already raised more than $1,800, but would like to reach her $2,500 goal.
If you’re interested in supporting her efforts on our behalf, just mail a
check made out to “Maine Breast Cancer Coalition” with “Betsy’s
1/2 Marathon” in the memo line to:
499 Broadway PMB 362
Bangor, Maine 04401
Or, you can make a secure online donation here.
Select "Support Service Fund" and type "Betsy's 1/2 marathon" in the "Make this donation
in honor of" field.
100% of the donated money will go to the Maine Breast Cancer Coalition's Support Service Fund to assist people living with and at risk of breast cancer in Maine with transportation, medical and other breast cancer/breast health related expenses.