Lymphedema is a rare condition that can occur as a side-effect of cancer treatments. When someone has had lymph nodes removed surgically or undergone radiation therapy, they’re at risk for disruption of the lymphatic system. Lymphedema can also develop as a result of other diseases, surgeries, or impairments in the circulatory system. Symptoms include swelling in the limbs, trunk, or face, or a feeling of heaviness or aching in the affected area.
The Intermountain Healthcare Lymphedema Clinic helps individuals manage lymphedema through:
- Manual lymph drainage/complete
decongestive therapy to help re-establish
adequate lymph flow, stimulate the immune
system function and break up fibrotic tissue
- Help prevent potential risk of future
- Prevent re-accumulation of lymph in the
affected body part
- Train individuals in a home program for
self-management of lymphedema
- Provide access to community education
and support resources
The Intermountain Lymphedema Clinic is staffed by trained lymphedema therapists who are certified by the Lymphology Association of North America — a recognized national leader in lymphatic research. Therapists, you, and your physician determine a treatment plan best suited to your time, travel, finances, and physical condition.