Lymphedema Management Program

Women who have been treated for breast cancer may be at risk for lymphedema, or arm swelling on the affected side. The lymphatic system of lymph nodes and lymph vessels carry lymph fluid, which also contains white blood cells that help fight infection. During surgery for breast cancer, there are generally multiple lymph nodes removed to determine if the cancer has spread. Because of the removal of these lymph nodes, and some of the lymph vessels, changes in the way the lymph fluid flows in your arm occur. If the remaining lymph vessels cannot remove enough of the excess fluid in the breast and underarm area, it builds up and causes swelling.

Goals:

  • Help you to adapt your lifestyle to prevent additional problems.
  • Reduce the symptoms by decreasing the size of the arm and improving skin condition.
  • Improve your ability to perform activities of daily living.
  • Achieve your maximum functional capacity.

Treatment methods:

  • Manual Lymphatic Drainage
  • Compression Bandaging
  • Vasopneumatic Pumping
  • Education and skin care  
  • Exercise

For more information about this program, contact Genesis Outpatient Rehabilitation Department at 563-421-3460.

Cancer Treatment and You

Cancer Treatment and You

Genesis Cancer Care Institute now has an online class providing general information about treatments and support services for cancer patients and families.

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Contact Us

For more information about our cancer services, please contact:

563-421-1909
800-446-6088
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Free Genetic Counseling Seminar

FREE Genetic Counseling Seminar

Oncology Genetics Specialist Leslie Poston will talk about genetic counseling at a FREE seminar on Wednesday, June 10 at 6 p.m. at the Adler Health Education Center. Genetic counseling can reveal risk factors that can possibly lead to cancer.

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Related Locations

Cancer Nurse Navigators

Cancer Nurse Navigators

Do you or a loved one have cancer? Let our Cancer Nurse Navigators guide the way. Call us today.

563-421-1029
563-421-1030

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Related Classes/Events

  • Jun
    10
    Wednesday
    6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    Attend a FREE Seminar presented by Leslie Poston, ARNP, Oncology Genetics Specialist to learn more about genetic counseling and hereditary cancer risk assessment options available at Genesis.
  • Ongoing
    The class teaches women how to perform effective breast self-exams.
  • Ongoing
    Program is designed to reach out to everyone in the life of a person with cancer.