Lymphedema Therapy

Individualized care and treatment

Lymphedema is an abnormal swelling of a limb or other body part. It occurs when the lymphatic system is not functioning effectively. A patient’s risk of developing lymphedema varies depending on the type of cancer they have and the treatment prescribed.

Cancer related lymphedema is most commonly caused by the surgical removal of the axillary (underarm) lymph nodes or radiation to the lymph nodes. Lymphedema is also associated with tumor progression in several types of cancer including gynecologic, colorectal, prostate, head and neck.

The lymphatic system helps moves fluids and flushes waste products out of the system. If left untreated, lymphedema can increase the risk of more serious complications including cellulitis infections.

Lymphedema is manageable if caught early. While increased swelling can restrict range of motion and interfere with overall function, lymphedema therapy can help decrease the symptoms making everyday activities easier to handle.

What to expect

Your lymphedema therapist will work alongside you and the cancer care team to create a care plan based on your functional status and goals. During the first visit, your therapist will perform a thorough evaluation of your lymphedema symptoms and the impact they have on your ability to perform everyday tasks and activities.

Together, you and your therapist will develop an individualized plan that’s just right for you today and into the future. Recommended treatments may include:

  • Hands-on treatment including manual lymphatic drainage to initiate movement of lymph fluid
  • Short stretch compression bandaging or compression garments
  • Risk reduction education
  • Training on proper protection of skin and nails
  • Exercise program to increase muscle strength and improve lymph flow

Our experienced therapists will provide and follow a customized treatment plan tailored to help you reach your goals.

Participating in lymphedema therapy puts you one step closer to returning to what matters most to you.

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