Lymphedema is a persistent swelling, usually affecting an arm or leg, which sometimes occurs as a side effect of cancer treatment. This condition results from the abnormal accumulation of lymph fluid and tissue proteins. The underlying cause in all cases is damage to the lymphatic system, an important part of the immune system that circulates infection-fighting proteins throughout the body.
Fox Chase Cancer Center's Lymphedema Treatment Program uses complete decongestive physiotherapy (CDP), a European program that has been used successfully to treat lymphedema patients for more than 30 years.
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We understand that cancer care can affect the whole family. We offer an array of support services for patients and their families. See all of our patient and family support services.
To address the unique health care needs of patients who have completed cancer treatment, Fox Chase offers wellness education, screening and ongoing health care through our Survivor Clinics. Under the guidance of the doctor who treated you, the Survivor Clinic care team offers a broad range of services to deal with the lasting effects of cancer and cancer treatment, and provide long-term medical follow-up. Services include specialized medical care, genetic counseling and testing, psychiatric services, nutritional support and preventive care to improve your future health and quality of life.