Dear LANA Members,
As I humbly step into the role of President of this distinguished association, I am filled with a profound sense of responsibility and enthusiasm for the path that lies ahead. It is a great honor to collaborate with each of you as we stand at the forefront of advancing the field of lymphology through the advancement of research and improving patient care and outcomes.
First, I would like to extend my deepest gratitude to my predecessor, Dr. Paula Stewart, and the entire executive committee for their visionary leadership and unwavering commitment to LANA's mission. Their dedication has significantly shaped the field of lymphology, creating a solid foundation for our continued efforts.
As we look ahead to the new year, it is crucial to reflect on the accomplishments of this past year. I want to acknowledge the remarkable success of the collaboration between LANA, the American Cancer Society, and the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis that culminated in Forward Momentum: Future Steps in Lymphedema Management. Forward Momentum was a summit dedicated to advancing lymphedema management. This event was a testament to the power of unity and shared purpose, bringing together some of the brightest minds in healthcare, research, and advocacy. The summit not only provided a platform to exchange innovative ideas, and cutting-edge research but also highlighted the critical importance of lymphedema management in cancer care. As a healthcare provider and researcher, I am thrilled by the advancements discussed and the potential pathways for improving patient outcomes that were highlighted during this gathering. Video recordings from the Summit are available in the Learning Center on LANA's website. We are also excited to inform you that the Summit proceedings will be published later this year ‐ stay tuned for more information!
Furthermore, the passing of and implementation of the Lymphedema Treatment Act marks a historic milestone in our collective journey. A huge thank you to Heather Ferguson and the Lymphedema Advocacy Group for their incredible efforts to make this happen! This legislation is a significant victory for patients across the country, ensuring better access to necessary medical supplies. It reflects the strength of the lymphedema community and the compelling need for continued education and awareness about lymphedema.
As we look to the future, I am committed, with your support, to building upon these successes. My vision for LANA is one of growth, innovation, and collaboration. Together, we will continue to advocate for our patients, advance our understanding of lymphatic diseases, and strive for excellence in care. We will foster an environment that supports evidence-based practice, encourages research, nurtures the next generation of lymphology professionals, and strengthens our community's voice.
I urge each of you to remain engaged, share your insights, and contribute to our missions. Your expertise, experience, and passion are the lifeblood of this association. Let us stay united in our commitment to make a lasting impact on the lives of those affected by lymphatic diseases.
I am excited to embark on this journey with you and look forward to achieving new heights together.
With warm regards,
Betsy Campione, PT, DPT, EdD, CLT-LANA