The Maclean United Hospital Auxiliary [UHA] has raised $8000 for a new L-DEX U400 machine, which is used to detect swelling around arms and legs, in cancer patients.
This machine is the only one in the Clarence Valley and will be shared with the Grafton Base Hospital.
Maclean Hospital Physiotherapist Manager Brent Sahlqvist said the nearest machine is located in Lismore and the new machine will be a great asset to the Clarence Valley.
“The machine allows us to detect the early stages of Lymphoedema, allowing for early treatment and the prevention of complications,” Mr Sahlqvist said.
“We currently have to use a tape measure to check for swelling.
“Between Grafton and Maclean [Hospitals] we are currently running three to four clinics [a week], just treating Lymphoedema,” he said.
Kaye Schubert from the Yamba Breast Cancer Support Group said that the group has welcomed the arrival of the L-DEX machine.
“It will benefit both men and women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer,” Ms Schubert said.
The Maclean UHA would like to thank the community for their support in raising the money for this machine, with special thanks going to the ‘Caritas’ church group in Maclean, who donated $500 towards the machine.