Lymphedema Prevention Program
About The Lymphedema Prevention Program
Cancer-related lymphedema is a condition that can result from surgical, radiation, and chemotherapy treatments for some cancers including breast cancer, melanoma, and pelvic area cancers. It can lead to abnormal swelling, discomfort, and infections that generally occur in one of the arms or legs, and sometimes both arms or both legs. There is no cure for chronic lymphedema. Once it develops, it requires lifelong management.
Our Prevention Approach
Cancer-related lymphedema of the arms and legs develops in stages. When it is caught early, it can be treated and stopped before it gets worse and becomes a lifelong condition. Our new technology, the SOZO® Digital Health Platform, provides an L-DEX® score to help detect lymphedema before you feel noticeable swelling. This early alert allows us to workwith you to take steps to stop lymphedema from getting worse, or to avoid getting it at all.
SOZO with L-Dex
The L-Dex score helps us assess whether you are developing lymphedema before you feelnoticeable swelling. For best results, patients receive a baseline measurement beforecancer treatment begins and are then tested regularly aer treatment. If your L-Dex scoreincreases above normal levels, we will evaluate you for early signs of lymphedema. If youdon’t get a pre-treatment baseline score, we can still use the L-Dex test to help detectlymphedema early. The SOZO device is used to measure your L-Dex score. It looks like ascale, but it has places for you to put your hands and feet. You will not feel the SOZO testand it only takes 30 seconds to complete.
What is Lymphedema?
Why Lymphedema Surveillance Matters?
When lymphedema is caught early, it an be treated and stopped before it gets worse.
How do we perform Lymphedema Surveillance?
If you are at an increased risk for lymphedema, our physician will refer you to our program.
- We perform baseline measurements before any of your cancer treatments.
- We then monitor you for any changes every few months for up to 2-5 years.
- If early stage lymphedema is detected, early intervention is initiated which could include a compression sleeve and/or physical therapy program.
- We will provide education on lymphedema and its prevention/treatment.
How do we perform surveillance?
- Your physician will refer you to a Cancer Rehabilitation Physician who will examine you for signs and symptoms of lymphedema.
- We will also utilize a device called the SOZO. This is a devise that provides a score that can help to detect lymphedema before you feel any signs or symptoms.
- It is just as simple as stepping on a scale and only takes 30 seconds to complete.
Signs and Symptoms
It is common to have pain and swelling after surgery. After you heal from surgery, watch for the possible signs of lymphedema:
- Swelling in your arms, hands, fingers, legs or feet
- A feeling of heaviness or tightness
- Your arm, hand, leg, or foot is hard to move
- Clothes, rings, watches, or shoes feel tight.
These signs of lymphedema may happen slowly over many months or fast. Contact your healthcare provider if you have any of these symptoms.
Call your doctor right away if you have signs of an infection like redness, warmth, pain, or fever.
Lymphedema after Cancer
Cancer-related lymphedema of the arms and legs develops in stages. When it is caught early, before you feel symptoms, it can be treated before it gets worse and becomes a life-long condition.
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