Understanding Lymphedema -- For Cancers Other Than Breast Cancer

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Take care of yourself

To learn more about cancer and lymphedema

More information from your American Cancer Society

Here is more information you might find helpful. You also can order free copies of our documents from our toll-free number, 1-800-227-2345, or read them on our Web site, www.cancer.org.

Coping With Cancer in Everyday Life (also in Spanish)

Nutrition for the Person With Cancer During Treatment: A Guide for Patients and Families (also in Spanish)

Nutrition and Physical Activity During and After Cancer Treatment: Answers to Common Questions

Understanding Radiation Therapy: A Guide for Patients and Families (also in Spanish)

Books

Your American Cancer Society also has books that you might find helpful. Call us at 1-800-227-2345 or visit our bookstore online at www.cancer.org/bookstore to find out about costs or to place an order.

National organizations and Web sites*

Along with your American Cancer Society, other sources of information and support include:

American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)
Toll-free number: 1-800-999-2782
TTY: 703-683-6748
Web site: www.apta.org

    Web site has a list of physical therapists who work with people with cancer (oncology physical therapists); information on how PT can help lymphedema can be found at www.oncologypt.org

Lymphology Association of North America (LANA)
Web site: www.clt-lana.org

    Web site lists therapists, nurses, and doctors who specialize in treating lymphedema.

National Lymphedema Network (NLN)
Toll-free number: 1-800-541-3259
Web site: www.lymphnet.org

    Has patient information on reducing risk and managing lymphedema, offers support and a way to search for professionals who work with people who have lymphedema

*Inclusion on this list does not imply endorsement by the American Cancer Society.

No matter who you are, we can help. Contact us anytime, day or night, for cancer-related information and support. Call us at 1-800-227-2345 or visit www.cancer.org.

References

Hayes SC, Johansson K, Stout NL, et al. Upper-body morbidity after breast cancer: incidence and evidence for evaluation, prevention, and management within a prospective surveillance model of care. Cancer. 2012;118(8 Suppl):2237-2249.

National Cancer Institute. Lymphedema (PDQ®). Accessed at www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/pdq/supportivecare/lymphedema/healthprofessional on April 4, 2013.

National Lymphedema Network Advisory Committee. Position Statement of the National Lymphedema Network. Topic: Exercise. December 2011. Accessed at www.lymphnet.org/lymphedemaFAQs/positionPapers.htm on April 4, 2013.

National Lymphedema Network Advisory Committee. Position Statement of the National Lymphedema Network. Topic: Lymphedema Risk Reduction Practices. May 2012. Accessed at www.lymphnet.org/lymphedemaFAQs/positionPapers.htm on April 4, 2013.

Smith BG, Lewin JS. Lymphedema management in head and neck cancer. Curr Opin Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2010;18:153-158.


Last Medical Review: 04/05/2013
Last Revised: 04/05/2013