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Specialized Cancer Rehabilitation Center Celebrates Opening on Whitney Avenue
Therapeia Lymphedema Center
3074 Whitney Avenue • Hamden, CT 06518
At a recent ribbon cutting ceremony for Therapeia Lymphedema Center, it was time to celebrate the specialized therapy for clients afflicted with lymphedema in a comfortable and empathetic environment. Hamden Mayor Craig Henrici, Economic and Community Developer Dale Kroop, Nancy Dudchik form the Hamden Chamber of Commerce, owner Linda Hodgkins, and therapists Janice Catrone and Lakesha Lord were on hand to formally mark the re-opening of Therapeia in its new facility on Whitney Avenue in Hamden.
As occupational therapists at Gaylord Rehabilitation Hospital years earlier, Hodgkins and Catrone were treating numerous patients who had survived the trials of cancer treatment, only to develop a condition called lymphedema. People who have had cancer treatment may be at risk for lymphedema, a buildup of fluid that results in swelling of the arm or leg and other potential complications. Anyone who has undergone the surgical removal of lymph nodes or other surgery or radiation that affects the lymph nodes or lymph vessels may develop this lifelong condition. Although lymphedema is most commonly associated with cancer treatment, it can also be congenital or associated with conditions such as obesity. “My heart went out to these patients, for all they had been through. And knowing what I knew about the therapy – I wanted to not only provide them with intensive, effective care but I knew it didn’t have to be done in a sterile, clinical setting. These patients could enjoy and even look forward to their therapy. They deserved some TLC,” said Hodgkins.
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