SPE>>IT’S HAPPENING, WE ARE COVERING.>>NEWSFEED. LIKE TO BRING EVERYONE THE LATEST AND GREATEST WHEN IT COMES TO THEIR HEALTH. THE NEXT GUEST GRACED THE STAGE AND THE SCREEN BUT HER STRUGGLE OUT OF THE SPOTLIGHT SHE WILL BE SHARING TODAY WITH US EXCLUSIVELY.>>WE ALL KNOW KATHY BATES FROM HER MOVIES AND TV APPEARANCES INCLUDING OSCAR-WINNING PERFORMANCE IN THE MOVIE “MISERY.” WHAT IS LESS KNOWN IS THE CHALLENGING ROLE SHE WAS HANDED IN 2003 WHEN SHE WAS DIAGNOSED WITH OVARIAN CANCER AND BREAST CANCER. SHE WAS PUT INTO REMISON ASIND HAS BEEN CANCER FREE FOR MANY YEARS BUT AS A RESULT OF A DOUBLE MASTECTOMY, SHE IS SUFFERING FROM A PAINFUL ILLNESS AND IS HERE TO TALK ABOUT IT TODAY FOR THE FIRST TIME.>>HEY, EVERYONE. GIVE A WARM WELCOME TO OSCAR-WINNER KATHY BATES. [APPLAUDING] HEER[CING PLAUDING]>>HELLO, WELCOME.>>HOW ARE YOU? A REAL TREAT TO HAVE YOU WITH US.>>WHILE MAX [CHEERING AND APPLAUDING]>>THANK YOU SO MUCH. THANK YOU.>>THIS IS HOLLYWOOD ROYALTY MAKING A HOUSE CALL.>>YES, I AM VERY HAPPY TO BE HERE.>>SPECIALTY AT>>THANK YOU.>>WE REALLY ARE HONORED TO HAVE YOU HERE, KATHY. PEOPLE REALLY RELATE TO YOU. AND ONE OF THE THINGS PEOPLE DO KNOW ABOUT YOU IS YOU SUFFERED OVARIAN AND BREAST CANCER IN THE PAST BUT TODAY YOU ARE OPE UP SOMETHING PEOPLE DON’T KNOW YOU HAVE BEEN DEALING WITH AREAS>>YES, AFTER MY DOUBLE MASTECTOMY A COUPLE OF YEARS AGO I DEVELOPED THEM BU PUT IMA ANDG DEVELOPED SYMPTOMS JUST AS SOON AS I WOKE UP FROM THE OPERATION IN THE HOSPITAL. I HAVE SEEN SOMEONE WHO DIDN’T TAKE CARE OF IT AND HAD THE TOXINS OOZING THROUGH THE SKIN. SO THIS WAS MY IDEA, I WAS TERRIFIED THAT WOULD HAPPEN TO ME. I WASN’T EDUCATED ABOUT THE STAGES OR ANYTHING. THE DOCTORS REALLY FOCUSED ON THE CANCER. SO THEY DON’T TALK AT BEFORE OR AFTER.BOUT I I REALIZE IT IS IMPORTANT NOW I REALIZE IT IS IMPORTANT TO BE INFORMED ABOUT IT BECAUSE EVEN BEFORE THE SURGERY YOU CAN HAVE SOME TREATMENT. I HAD 19 ON THIS SITE, THREE ON THIS SIDE, SO ON THIS ARM IT IS LESS LIPIDEMIA.>>JUST SO PEOPLE UNDERSTAND, IT CAN BE VERY VAGUE TO PEOPLE. WE HAVE SEEN LYMPH NODES, BUT A GOOD WAY TO THINK ABOUT THE LYMPH NODES AND LYMPHATIC SYSTEM IS LIKE THE TRAP IN YOUR SINK DRAIN. THE LYMPH FLUID IS TAKING THE TOXINS, ALL OF THE WASTE THROW THROUGHOUT THE BODY AND WHEN YOU REMOVE THE LYMPH NODES AND THERE IS NO TRAP IN THE DRAIN, IT CAN SEEP INTO THE TISSUES AND THAT IS WHERE YOU GET THIS INCREDIBLE SWELLING AND IT CAN BE SO EXTRAORDINARILY PAINFUL. WHAT OTHER SYMPTOMS HAVE YOU HAD, KATHY?>>ABSOLUTELY PAIN. IF I DON’T TAKE CARE OF IT, IT IS IMPORTANT, I HAVE TWO MASSAGE EVERY NIGHT. I HAVE PAIN, HEAVINESS, FATIGUE. I WAS ASKING MY DOCTOR WHO IS HERE TODAY WHY AM I SO TIRED. SHE SAID THIS CAN BE PART OF LYMPHEDEMA. OF COURSE I WEAR MY COMPRESSION SLEEVE, WE WILL TALK ABOUT THAT LATER.>>KATHY, YOU ARE BRINGING AWARENESS TO THE DISEASE BREAST CANCER THAT WE DON’T TYPICALLY TALK ABOUT. WE TALKED ABOUT MASTECTOMY, RECONSTRUCTION, BUT IN MOST CASES WITH BREAST CANCER YOU ARE TYPICALLY DOING BIOPSIES OF LYMPH NODES OR REMOVING THE WHOLE CHAIN OF LYMPH NODES AS IN YOUR CASE, THAT IS GOING TO AFFECT ALL OF THAT LYMPHATIC RETURN AND VENOUS RETURN MEETING THOSE FLUIDS WANT TO WORK THEIR WAY BACK TO THE HEART WHERE THEY EVENTUALLY WANT TO G WITHOUT THAT SYSTEM IN PLACE IT’S NOT GOING TO HAPPEN. YOU ALREADY TOUCHED ON IT, THE TERMS OF THE TREATMENT, COMPRESSION ISO BUT THE MAINSTA, MAINTAINING COMPRESSION TO HELP RETURN BACK TO THE HEART.>>CAN USE SHOW? YOU CAN BARELY NOTICE THEM.>>I BROUGHT ANOTHER TWO SO YOU CAN SEE THEM. IT GOES AL WAY UP ON MY ARM. THAT IS WHAT THEY LOOK LIKE WHEN THEY ARE LYING ON MYL THE VANITY TABLE OR WHEN I GET READY TO WASH THEM OUT AT NIGHT SO IT LOOKS LIKE THIS AND I PUT IT ON, SOMETIMES IT IS HARD TO GET ON BY MYSELF IN THE MORNING, BUT ALSO I JUST WANTED TO TOUCH ON THE TREATMENT FOR A MINUTE. IT IS NOT PHYSICAL THE PARTICULARLY, IT IS LYMPHEDEMA TREATMENT BY A DOCTOR. THEY EVALUATE OVER A PERIOD OF A COUPLE OF WEEKSRAPY WHAT YOU ARE LYMPHEDEMA IS, WHAT STAGE IT IS, AND THERE IS A TREATMENT PROGRAM YOU CAN HAVE MASSAGE.>>AND YOU MENTIONED DR. IKER, YOUR TREATING PHYSICIAN. LYMPHEDEMA ISN’T REST AFTER SURGERY, NOT JUST IN THE ARMS, IT CAN BE IN THE LEGS. LET’S TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THE TREATMENTS THAT HAVE BEEN USED IN KATHY’S CASE.>>FIRST OF ALL I WOULD LIKE TO POINT OUT THE MOST IMPORTANT ASPECTS IS TO SEE THE PATIENT IMMEDIATELY AFTER SURGERY. WE ARE NOT GOING TO WASTE TIME WHEN THE PATIENT DEVELOPS FULL BLOWN STAGE TO HER STAGE THREE LYMPHEDEMA. DIAGNOSIS AND EARLY INTERVENTION WILL LEAD TO MAYBE JUST STAGE ONONE LYMPHEDEMA.>>YOURS IS FORTUNATELY MILD.>>MINE IS MILD AND STILL AFFECTS MY QUALITY OF LIFE TO WHERE I AM ANGRY. I HAVE GOTTEN INVOLVED IN TALKING ABOUT THIS.>>YOU BROUGSUCH AN IMPORTANT POINT TYPICALLY PHYSICIANS AND ESPECIALLY SURGEONS ARE SO FOCUSED ON THE CANCER AND WE HAVE TO REMEMBER THE QUALITY OF LIFE ASPECT FOR ANYONEHT UP BATTLING CANCER IS REALLY, REALLY CRITICALLY IMPORTANT.>>KATHY HAPPENS TO BE THE PRESIDENT OF THE LYMPHATIC EDUCATION NETWORK. AND THIS IS REALLY IMPORTANT TO YOU.>>YES, I AM LYMPHEDEMA EDUCATION AND RESEARCH NETWORK. I DECIDED TO BE THERE SPOKESPERSON BECAUSE I LEARNED THAT 10 MILLION PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTRY SUFFER, MORE THAN MUSCULAR DYSTROPHY, ALS, PARKINSON’S AND AIDS COMBINED. COMBINED. MY JAW DROPPED. AND THEN I LEARNED PROBABLY PEOPLE IN THE MILITARY SUFFER BECAUSE AN OF DRAMATIC DISEASE, TRAUMATIC INJURY TO THE BODY WHERE LYMPH NODES ARE AFFECTED WILL CAUSEY KIND LYMPH. THE STRANGE THING IS MANY CELEBRITIES WE KNOW ARE SUFFERING FROM THIS THAT NOBODY WANTS TO TALK ABOUT IT. FOR SOME WEIRD REASON. SO I THOUGHT –>>YOU ARE THE WOMAN.>>I’M THE ONE. [APPLAUDING]>>YOU PROACTIVE. YOU GOT ON A REGIMEN EARLY ON. I THINK THAT IS THE BIGGEST THING OUT THERE FOR PEO ARERE THAT ARE GOING THROUGH BREAST CANCER OR ANY OTHER CONDITION THAT AFFECTS THE LYMPH.>>WE NEEDPLE HE EDUCATION, TRAD THERAPISTS WHO ARE SPECIFICALLY TRAINED IN LYMPHATIC DRAINAGE. WE ALSO NEED RESEARCH, WE NEED RESEARCH. THE GROUP I AM INVOLVED WITH, WE ARE DOING OUR FIRST CALIFORNIA 5K RUN. THE DOCTOR IS SPONSORING THAT ON MY BIRTHDAY, JUNE 28TH.>>HOW COOL. [APPLAUDING] IN TERMS WE MENTIONED SURGERY, THERE ARE NEW INVESTIGATIONAL PROCEDURES AT A COLLEAGUE OF MINE THAT ACTUALLY IS TRANSPLANTING MICRO-SURGICALLY LYMPH UCLA, NODES THAT DOWN THEE MAY BE A GREAT THING TO HELP PEOPLE.>>SO LET’S GET THE RESEARCH DOLLARS, LET’S GET THAT MONEY COMING. GO TO OUR WEBSITE, THEDOCTORSTV.COM. KATHY, YOU TRULY ARE SOMEONE WE ALL LOOK UP TO, SO I APPLAUD YOU FOR RAISING AWARENESS TO THIS BECAUSE SO MANY PEOPLE AFFECTED. IF YOU HAVE UNEXPLAINED SWELLING, FIRST THING FIRST YOU HAVE TO GET THE DIAGNOSIS. YOU HAVE TO GET THE RIGHT DIAGNOSIS SO YOU CAN GET THE RIGHT TREATMENT. AS HE POINTED OUT, THE SOONER YOU GET TREATMENT, THE FEWER COLLOCATIONS YOU HAVE.>>EVEN LITTLE THINGS I DIDN’T REALIZE. WHEN I PICK UP THE PHONE, I CAN’T BE ON THE PHONE FOR LONG PERIODS OF TIME. I CAN’T PICK UP MORE THAN 5 POUNDS. IT REALLY AFFECTS YOUR LIFE. THE OTHER THING I WANT TO SAY QUICKLY BEFORE WE GO, WE DECIDED TO CREATE KIND OF AN INSULT WITH VIDEOS OF PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN AFRAID TO COME OUT AND TALK ABOUT THEIR LYMPHEDEMA, AND WE HAVE ALREADY STARTED TO GET SOME FROM PEOPLE WHO ARE BEARING WITNESS TO WHAT YOU LIVE WITH EVERY DAY. IF YOU HAVE SOMEBODY WHO HAS LYMPHEDEMA OR ANYBODY LISTENING TO THIS BROADCAST, PLEASE VISIT AND YOU CAN SEND YOUR LYMPHEDEMA CHALLENGE OR BE ON CAMERA.>>WE ALL ADMIRE YOUR ACADEMY AWARD. HOW MUCH DOES IT WEIGH? 8 POUNDS?>>I REMEMBER THAT NIGHT, I WAS GOING LIKE YAY YAY YAY, AND THE NEXT DAY I COULD BARELY LIFT MY ARM.