My Lymphedema Article Appears in December’s Conquer Magazine

Conquer Magazine’s  December 2017 issue includes my article about the disconnect between what women need to know about breast cancer related lymphedema, starting at the time of diagnosis, and the information they actually receive. Andrea Brennan, a certified lymphedema therapist, sheds light on the challenges posed by breast cancer related lymphedema and she debunks several myths about the disease. I work with Dr. Brennan and her description of the knowledge gap facing women mirrors my own research findings: “The medical community is dismissive about the long-term impacts of lymphedema, and has been too slow to educate themselves and their patients about lymphedema management.”

Nancy L Howe

I was a daily exerciser and I ate my fruits and vegetables, but in 1997, I was diagnosed with cancer anyway. I experienced first-hand the benefits of physical activity during treatment and beyond. That was my "Aha!" moment. I left my corporate career, earned my masters at Arizona State University studying exercise science, and joined the staff of University of Arizona cancer researchers in 2005. In 2013, I earned my Cancer Exercise Specialist certification from the University of Northern Colorado, Rocky Mountain Cancer Rehabilitation Institute, and founded Strong Cancer Recovery. In 2017, I joined the Arizona State University Cancer Prevention and Integrative Medicine research team, and entered the PhD program at ASU's College of Nursing and Health Innovation. My research focus is breast-cancer-related lymphedema, including the preventive and ameliorative benefits of physical activity.