The Human Cost of Lymphedema

Description: Academy-award Winning Actress, Kathy Bates, presents, "The Human Cost of Lymphedema" at the 30th Annual Congress of the American College of Phlebology. This is the opening presentation to a  session entitled: Lymphedema and Wound Care. 

About the speaker: Ms. Bates has successfully battled ovarian cancer since her diagnosis in 2003. In September 2012, she revealed via Twitter that she had been diagnosed with breast cancer two months earlier and had undergone a double mastectomy. In 2014, at the New York Walk for Lymphedema & Lymphatic Diseases, Bates announced via pre-recorded video that, due to the double mastectomy, she has lymphedema in both arms. At that time, Bates became the National Spokesperson for the Lymphatic Education & Research Network (LE&RN) and has been actively involved in lymphedema and lymphatic disease advocacy since.