Living with Lymphedema
This specialty clinic treats and controls lymphedema, a swelling caused by a build-up of lymphatic fluid in the arms or legs.
Lymphedema can develop after a cancer treatment that removes or damages lymph nodes — an important component of your circulatory and immune system.
Rehabilitation & Sports Medicine
Breast Health Specialist
Education & Treatment
Lymphedema can be a lasting struggle related to cancer treatment. We can help you understand the cause, signs and symptoms to look for and precautions that help prevent lymphedema development.
These treatments help control the pain and discomfort of lymphedema:
Muscles help pump and drain fluid from the arm or leg during exercise. Home exercise programs encourage fluid movement as do physical activities such as walking and swimming.
- Compression Bandaging
After swelling has dissipated, fitted compression garments can compress the arm or leg to prevent future swelling and encourage the lymphatic system to work more efficiently. Compression bandages should be professionally fitted and, in some cases, may need to be custom-made.
- Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD)
MLD is a special massage technique that supports the lymphatic system by manipulating fluid from affected areas of the body. A therapist manually moves fluid caught in damaged or compromised area of the lymphatic system to areas of the system that are working effectively.