Lymphedema Program

Improving Function and Preventing Long-Term Complications of Breast Cancer Surgery

Women who undergo a mastectomy, breast conservation surgery that involves the removal of lymph nodes from the underarm or radiation therapy are at risk for developing lymphedema.

This condition is a buildup of lymphatic fluid in the arm that can cause swelling in the arm or fingers, pain and discomfort, and even infection. Lymphedema can occur anytime — immediately after surgery, radiation therapy or even years later.

Offered through Community Medical Center’s Department of Rehabilitation Services, the Lymphedema Program offers a comprehensive approach to care that focuses on early assessment and treatment. Our physical therapists are specially certified in lymphedema treatment to help improve function and prevent long-term complications through:

  • Manual lymph drainage that stimulates the lymphatic system and reduces swelling.
  • Bandaging to prevent additional production and reaccumulation of lymph fluid.
  • Remedial exercise to activate the muscle groups of the swollen limb.
  • Patient education, including skin care recommendations and nutritional counseling.
  • Home exercise program.

Cancer Fatigue Program

We also offer a physical therapy program that provides exercise program to cancer patients, particularly beneficial to Breast Cancer patients who are in chemo/radiation.

For more information on the Lymphedema Program, call 732-557-8046, ext. 5.

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