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2-Day Clinical Nutrition Management of Lymphedema: A Dietitian’s Comprehensive Guide to Empower Patients and Maximize Results

Jean LaMantia, RD
Approx. 10 Hours
Feb 16, 2023
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Lymphedema is more prevalent than HIV, Parkinson’s, ALS, MS and Alzheimer’s combined. It should be top of mind to anyone in healthcare, especially those who work in oncology, rehab, wound care and bariatrics. Lymphedema responds well to nutrition management, but if you’re like most dietitians, you’ve never dealt with it before and have no idea where to start.

Dietitian. Author. Cancer survivor. I was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma at age 27, an experience that sparked my 20+ year career in understanding the interplay between nutrition and cancer. I’ve made it my mission to become an expert in evidence-based nutrition for lymphedema and want to share best practices to expand your clinical reach.

Nutrition is one of the best, but most overlooked, options for prevention and management of lymphedema. Even if you work with patients who have suffered for years, you can see a measurable difference in outcomes with these powerful strategies! We’ll separate fact from fiction as we cover the most pivotal concepts for understanding the lymphatic system and debunk outdated methods that are holding your clients back:

  • How much water should they drink?
  • Is a gluten free diet the way to go?
  • Should fat and protein be encouraged or restricted?
  • Which dietary supplements are supported by today’s science?

Lymphedema is common, but it’s often misdiagnosed, underserved, misunderstood, and  left out of university courses and internships. This changes now. This training will help you to better understand lymphedema, reduce inflammation and improve the gut/lymphatic connection. Redefine the standard of care for those facing lymphedema and empower them to take back control.


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Jean LaMantia, RD, is a registered dietician, cancer survivor, author and speaker. She has been a dietitian for 30+ years and has written three books on the topics of cancer, lymphedema and intermittent fasting. Jean has worked in in-patient, diabetes education, home care, health club and now her virtual private practice and on-line school. Jean has been a repeat invited speaker for the National Lymphedema Network as well as the Canadian Lymphedema Framework national conferences. She has been published in Pathways – Canada’s national lymphedema magazine and spoken for several provincial lymphedema associations including Ontario, Manitoba and British Columbia. She is currently writing the nutrition position paper for the NLN and has been invited to speak at the AVLS conference. She has spoken to the Oncology DPG as well as state conferences and Dietitians of Canada, oncology network and diabetes, obesity and cardiovascular network.


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Jean LaMantia maintains a private practice and has an employment relationship with Wellspring Cancer Support Agency. She receives royalties as a published author. Jean LaMantia receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Jean Lamantia has a professional relationship with the National Lymphedema Network. She is a member of Dietitians of Canada, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and the Oncology DPG.

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  1. Evaluate human lymphedema nutrition research on the topics of fat and weight loss.
  2. Analyze non-lymphedema nutrition research and the implications for the lymphedema patient.
  3. Assess the FDA’s approach to nutritional supplements and the tools to evaluate supplement safety.
  4. Determine the key herbal and nutritional supplements evaluated and/or recommended for lymphedema.
  5. Evaluate the role of nutrition in the co-morbidities of lymphedema.
  6. Appraise the role of protein in wound healing.
  7. Justify the role that an anti-inflammatory diet could play in lymphedema disease progression.
  8. Assess the role of the multi-disciplinary team members and how to make appropriate referrals.
  9. Investigate the four components of complete decongestive therapy.
  10. Demonstrate an understanding of the role of medications in treating lymphedema.


The Lymphatic System and Lymphedema
  • Diagnosis
  • Lymphedema types and staging
  • Risk and prevention
Assessment Strategies and Considerations for Common Co-Morbidities
  • Patient history: the best questions to ask
  • Cancer
  • Obesity
  • Cellulitis
  • Lipedema
  • Metabolic Syndrome
  • Wounds
  • Dysphagia
  • Venous Insufficiency - phlebolymphedema
Nutritional Management: Symptom Reduction and Improved Outcomes
  • Fluid
  • Sodium
  • Weight loss as a treatment
  • Fats and oils
  • Inflammation and anti-inflammatory diet
  • Nutrition and intestinal lymphatics
  • Ketogenic diet
  • Intermittent fasting
  • Wound care and healing
  • Dysphagia nutrition
  • Protein
Physical Management and Therapy for Lymphedema
  • Complete decongestive therapy – and where to refer
  • Skin care
  • Manual lymph drainage
  • Compression
  • Exercise
  • Self-care
  • When and where to refer
Surgery & Complementary Therapies
  • Lymphedema surgeries
  • Adipose derived regenerative cells (ADRC)
  • Complementary therapies
Solutions that Help Reduce Common Symptoms
  • Reduced range of motion
  • Reduced mobility
  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Aches and pains
  • Pins and needles
  • Cellulitis
  • Dry skin
  • Thickened skin
  • Weight gain
  • Inflammation
  • Feeling of overwhelm/unsupported
Case Studies: Nutrition Interventions and Lymphedema Outcomes
  • Cellulitis
  • Reduced lymphedema/swelling
  • Weight loss
  • Feeling overwhelmed/unsupported
Safety and Science: Medication and Supplements
  • Medications
  • Selenium
  • Herbs
  • Synbiotics
  • Topicals

Target Audience

  • Dietitians


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