Cancer Truth Note: #358
Lymphedema is a life long risk.
As a cancer survivor, If you had one or more lymph nodes removed you have a risk for lymphedema. If you had radiation treatment, you have a risk for lymphedema. Certain chemotherapy treatments are now also being linked to lymphedema.
Additionally, if you have varicose veins or a heart condition that causes swelling in your feet and legs (edema) you have a risk of developing lymphedema if your edema is not managed.
A Certified Lymphedema Therapist (CLT) is the right practitioner to screen and treat lymphedema. A Physical Therapist or Occupational Therapist who is a CLT is a great option. A Physical Therapist or Occupational Therapist who is not trained to treat Lymphedema specifically is not a good option for evaluating you or guiding you through the treatment options.
There is still a lot of misunderstanding when it comes to Lymphedema. Working with a specialist certified in treating the condition is going to set you up for the best long term results.
Cancer survivors who had lymph nodes removed through surgery, radiation to lymphatic areas, or received chemo treatment have a life long risk of developing lymphedema. It never goes away and the risk does not lessen over time. If you have questions I am here to help.
Do you know your lymphedema risk? Have you been screened? Need help finding a local practitioner?
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