Lymphedema is the name of a type of swelling. It happens when lymph builds up in your body's soft tissues. Lymph is a fluid that contains white blood cells that defend against germs. It can build up when the lymph system is damaged or blocked. It usually happens in the arms or legs.
Causes of lymphedema include
Treatment can help control symptoms. It includes exercise, compression devices, skin care, and massage.
The Ridley-Tree Cancer Center offers a variety of wellness programs to support patients from diagnosis, through treatment and life after treatment. Most programs are offered free-of-charge. For information regarding eligibility and upcoming dates, please see Cancer Center Calendar or call (805) 879-5678.
Oncology Lymphedema Education
Join our Certified Lymphedema Specialist for a seminar to learn about lymphedema and how you can reduce your risk.
Schedule: 2nd Tuesday of each month, 12:30 am - 1:30 pm.
Location: Sansum Clinic Physical Therapy - 4151 Foothill Road, Building A.
This program is free-of-charge and open to the public. For more information, see the Cancer Center calendar.
Strength After Breast Cancer
This four-week program provides education and strength training instruction to those at risk for lymphedema.
RSVP required. $40 program free.
Location: Sansum Clinic Physical Therapy Office, 4151 Foothill Rd, Building A
For upcoming dates and information on how to register, see the Cancer Center Calendar.
Cancer can involve significant psychological, social, and economic challenges for patients and their families. How and if these challenges are addressed is an important aspect of a patient’s care plan. The Ridley-Tree Cancer Center employs clinical social workers who provide emotional and practical support for patients, their families, and their friends. Oncology Social Workers can provide advocacy and referrals as well as individual and family counseling services. In addition, they can help with financial resources to cover the cost of lymphedema garments.
Services are available at no cost and are available to anyone in our community, regardless of where they are receiving medical care.
For more information, call (805) 879-5690.