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Rehabilitation services: Lymphedema

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Lymphedema support

Lymphedema is a common side effect of cancer treatment. We encourage you to gain support from others going through similar experiences.

Learn more about cancer support services.

Physician services

A physical medicine and rehabilitation physician (known as a physiatrist), who specializes in lymphedema and edema, is available to patients.

The physiatrist:

  • conducts a thorough history and physical examination, focusing on the cause and location of swelling
  • assesses other medical problems that may be related to or cause swelling, such as vascular conditions, skin problems, pain, joint stiffness, weakness, paralysis and balance problems
  • recommends treatment options.

Recommendations may include diagnostic tests, X-rays, scans or other consultations as needed. Physical therapy, occupational therapy, equipment and special garments are prescribed as needed.