Lymphedema is most often caused by cancer or its treatment, including radiation
therapy, mastectomy, or removal of the lymph nodes. Less common causes
include chronic circulation problems, trauma, infection, or other medical
Many individuals undergoing cancer treatment never develop symptoms, others
develop symptoms within weeks of beginning treatment, and still others
develop symptoms decades after their cancer care.
Because lymphedema is typically slow to progress, an individual may have
the condition for some time before symptoms are obvious. If you are undergoing
cancer treatment, or have chronic circulation problems, an appointment
with one of our Certified Lymphedema Therapists can help you learn how
to reduce your risk of developing lymphedema, recognize early warning
signs, ask questions, and establish baseline measurements for future comparison.
For some, this education can help prevent symptoms from ever developing.
For others, knowing how to identify early symptoms ensures a less intensive
course of treatment and better overall outcomes.
If you believe you could benefit from early assessment and education, ask
your doctor for a referral. For more information or to make an appointment,
please call (714) 992-3000 ext. 2985, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m