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Cancer

The care and tools you need to recover your strength and your spirit.

“Cancer” can be one of the scariest words in any language.  Our role is to help you recover by bringing skilled nursing, therapies such as lymphedema, and in some cases even chemotherapy right to your door.

Lymphedema Treatment

Lymphedema is the accumulation of fluid that causes swelling (“edema”) in your arms and legs. Normally, fluid runs through the lymph nodes which filter out bacteria, viruses and other foreign substances which are them destroyed by white blood cells (lymphocytes.) One of the major causes of lymphedema is the removal of lymph nodes during cancer treatment. Radiation and some medications, such as Tamoxifen, can also cause the condition.

Treatment for lymphedema can include the wearing of compression wraps and garments, a proper diet and skincare, and draining the fluid. One of the simplest yet most effective treatments is wrapping. The wrap exerts gentle pressure on the limb, allowing it to push fluid back into the body so it can be expelled.

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Chemotherapy

Chemotherapy can be challenging, exhausting and make you much more vulnerable to illness, so having chemotherapy at home can lessen effort and worry. Peninsula Home Care offers chemo for some types of breast, colon and other types of cancer.

We will work with your care team to determine if you can receive chemo at home. If you are able, here are some In-Home Chemotherapy Guidelines that will help you and your caregivers manage.

If you are 65 or older, Medicare will cover some if not all of your homecare services. Private insurance and Medicaid are also options. We will help you navigate obtaining information and approvals. You are not alone.

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