Lymphedema is the swelling of any limb due to insufficient drainage of
the lymphatic system, which filters and returns fluid from your body
back into your circulatory system. Patients undergoing cancer treatment,
such as surgery or radiation therapy, are at risk of developing
lymphedema if their lymph nodes and vessels are damaged as a result of
these procedures. Symptoms often include tightness, discomfort or
swelling in the affected arm, hand, leg or foot.
Lymphedema may occur as a result of lymph nodes having been removed
during surgery or if lymph tissue has been damaged by radiation. Many
times, lymphedema can occur years after the surgery or radiation.
About Our Program
The Lymphedema Management Program at Main Line Health offers a full
continuum of care. Under physician direction, specially trained and
experienced occupational and/or physical therapists employ a variety of
techniques to help patients better manage the symptoms associated with
lymphedema. The best results are achieved with early and continued
treatment. Even in cases of chronic lymphedema, an active management
program can reduce swelling and improve symptoms.
For more information, call 1.866.CALL.MLH.