Lymphedema is swelling caused by the build-up of fluid in soft body tissues. There are two types of lymphedema:
Lymphedema can occur after any cancer or treatment that affects the flow of lymph through the lymph nodes. It may develop within days or many years after treatment. Lymphedema usually affects an arm or leg, but it can also affect other parts of the body.
This InfoGuide focuses primarily on cancer related secondary lymphedema.
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.
Services are available at no cost and are available to anyone in our community, regardless of where they are receiving medical care.
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Swedish - Lymphedema Symptoms and Treatments - 4:45 minutes
An oncology nurse navigator shares what cancer survivors need to know about lymphedema.
Lymphedema Education & Research Network - Living With Lymphedema - 58:30 minutes
Sheila H. Ridner, PhD, RN, FAAN, talks about how to come to terms with your lymphedema and the steps to take to live a fulfilling life. This talk is a part of the LE&RN Symposium series which provides education on the prevention, diagnosis and management of lymphatic disease. Click here to access the full library of videos.
MD Anderson Cancer Center - Lymphedema management: Manual lymph drainage for lower extremities - 8:20 minutes
The following special treatment guidelines apply to treatment with Manual Lymph Drainage of the Lower Extremities and differ from the principle of classic massage.
MD Anderson Cancer Center - Lymphedema management: Manual lymph drainage for upper extremities - 10:00 minutes
The following special treatment guidelines apply to treatment with manual lymph drainage of the upper extremities and differ from the principle of classic massage.