Lymphedema occurs when lymph fluid builds up, causing swelling in a part of the body — most often a limb. The condition may be caused by cancer surgery that removes several lymph nodes, or radiation therapy that may damage lymph nodes, interrupting the flow of lymph fluid, resulting in lymphedema. Lymphedema can be treated, but not reversed.
Roswell Park's Lymphedema Care provides specialized treatment to reduce swelling and discomfort and prevent infection. Treatment sessions may include manual lymphatic drainage, therapeutic bandaging, proper exercises, skin care instruction regarding specific lotions and soaps, and self-care tips to reduce lymphedema going forward.
Our services are open to all cancer patients, including those who are not current patients at Roswell Park.