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Lymphedema Treatment Center

The Lymphedema Treatment Center at the Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center offers a comprehensive treatment approach tailored to your needs in a warm, friendly environment.

After evaluation, a typical treatment program usually takes two to four weeks and could include any or all of the following:

  • Manual lymph drainage: Using a non-invasive, manual therapy technique, lymph fluid is drained from the affected extremity's superficial lymph vessels.
  • Compression bandaging: The affected extremity is wrapped with low-stretch bandages, resulting in fluid reduction.
  • Sequential compression pumps: In some cases, the therapist may use compression pumps in conjunction with manual lymphedema therapy. Some patients also use sequential compression pumps at home when needed.
  • Skin care management and treatment: An essential component of the overall success of lymphedema therapy, this keeps tissue healthy and maximizes skin nutrition. Our therapists look closely for early signs of redness and/or infection.
  • Therapeutic exercise: Exercise, including flexibility, strengthening and aerobic activity, often helps the lymphatic system drain excess fluids.
  • Kinesio Taping: Based on the body's natural healing process, this technique activates neurological and circulatory systems to facilitate the flow of fluids.
  • Self-management instruction: Therapists will teach you how to manage lymphedema while at home.

Other Services

We also offer:

  • Assistance in selecting medical compression garments and supplies for therapeutic home programs.
  • A monthly educational support group.
  • A monthly information session for new and prospective patients.

Contact us

You're welcome to contact the Lymphedema Treatment Center for information and assistance. However, because lymphedema therapy is a medical treatment, a referral from your physician is required to initiate treatment. If you believe the center can help you, please contact your physician for a referral.

Please also download and complete the appropriate set of forms below prior to your appointment.

Arms
(.zip format; all forms included)

  • Consents and Commitment-Both
  • DASH-Arm
  • Intake Form
  • Upper Body - LYMQOL-Arm

Legs
(.zip format; all forms included)

  • LYMQOL
  • Intake Form
  • Extremity Functional Scale

Head and Neck
(.zip format; all forms included)

  • Consent and Commitment
  • Intake Form
  • Functional Scale

If you're a new patient or if you have any other questions or concerns, please call 480-323-1100.