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?

Lymphedema occurs from a disruption of your lymphatic channels that can result in swelling, heaviness or tightness in your arms or chest wall. It can occur after surgery, radiation or chemotherapy. The lymphatic system is a large network of vessels that remove waste from the body. If left untreated, lymphedema can cause swelling that could interfere with your work and even wearing clothes. It can also lead to infection. Treatment is life-long and costly. Our goal is to find lymphedema early by testing you with SOZO.

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.

Prevention 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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Mountain Lakes Office Details

333 Route 46 West ,
Mountain Lakes
New Jersey 07046
Phone Number: 973.316.1701
Office hours:

333 Route 46 West
Mountain Lakes
New Jersey, 07046
973.316.1701

Morristown Office Details

Simon Cancer Center, Morristown Memorial Hospital
100 Madison Avenue, Suite 3402,
Morristown, NJ 07962
Phone Number: 973.267.9543
Office hours:

Simon Cancer Center, Morristown Memorial Hospital
100 Madison Avenue, Suite 3402
Morristown, NJ 07962
973.316.1701

Dear Patients & Friends of OHS:

As the state of New Jersey starts to lift some of its restrictions we will be lifting a few of ours.

Visitor Policy 

  • Established Patients—Regular Office Visit—You are allowed no more than ONE visitor in with you.
  • Established Patient-Scan/Pathology Review—You are allowed no more than TWO visitors with you.
  • New Patients—Initial Consult—You are allowed no more than TWO visitors with you.

Infusion Room Visitor Policy

There are still NO VISITORS allowed in our infusion room. We do not have the room to safely social distance and allow visitors in. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Mask Policy 

Masks are still required for ALL patients and visitors. Please be sure to wear them at all times in our facility. We have several immune-compromised patients here and their safety is our first priority.

Entering the Building 

All patients and visitors will still be greeted by our COVID screener. You will have your temperature taken and asked a few COVID-related questions. You are still expected to socially distance yourself from other patients & visitors.

What We Are Doing to Protect You 

We are still deep cleaning our facility regularly. Our staff is still wearing the appropriate PPE. We have several antibacterial dispenser stations throughout the facility. We have UV scrubbers installed in our HVAC units to add an extra layer of sanitation.

We want to say thank you for all of your understanding as we navigated this pandemic. We know it hasn’t been easy on anyone.

Sincerely,
Your Physicians

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