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Lymphedema Care at AbilityLab at Silver Cross

Lymphedema Care at AbilityLab at Silver Cross

If you or someone you know is a cancer patient or survivor, it’s critical you maintain the things in life that are important to you—your energy, your mobility and your activity level.

The therapists at the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab at Silver Cross (formerly the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago) use evidenced-based treatment to address concerns caused by cancer and cancer treatment. Our therapy programs focus on helping you to meet your challenges and achieve your highest ability. One condition that may arise as the result of cancer treatment is lymphedema.

Lymphedema: What is it and how can I treat it? 

Cancer-related Lymphedema is a build-up of lymph fluid in the fatty tissues just under your skin.  Depending on the part of the body that was treated for the cancer, the swelling can occur in your arms, legs, face, neck, belly, or genitals.

Other signs and symptoms to look for include aching, tingling or numbness in the area, less movement or flexibility in nearby joints, trouble fitting into clothes in one area, such as a pant leg or a sleeve, as well as a change in skin texture, which might feel tight, hard or look red.

The recovery process for cancer survivors is about achieving one’s highest potential. The Shirley Ryan AbilityLab at Silver Cross Hospital provides treatment that goes beyond medical and surgical treatment options.

Preventing Lymphedema

Though there is no way to prevent all cases of lymphedema, some modern surgery techniques are helpful in reducing the chances. Sentinel lymph node biopsy is used to find the specific lymph node the tumor drains into so that it can be checked for cancer. Also, Axillary reverse mapping is a technique that uses a blue dye, injected in the upper arm, to help identify the nodes that drain the arm.

Treatment

The professionals at Shirley Ryan AbilityLab at Silver Cross (Formerly Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago) offer evaluation, therapeutic services and patient education for Lymphedema.  The treatment consists of education, manual lymph drainage, compression bandaging and garment fitting, exercise and long term home management.  The recovery process for cancer survivors is about achieving one’s highest potential.  The Shirley Ryan AbilityLab at Silver Cross Hospital provides treatment that goes beyond medical and surgical treatment options.

Making an appointment

Shirley Ryan AbilityLab at Silver Cross care is available nearby offering early morning, evening and weekend hours.  For more information or to schedule an appointment with a physician’s order, contact a Silver Cross Location close to you.  Cancer and Lymphedema Rehabilitation can be found within the Outpatient Rehabilitation Services in Pavilion A at 1890 Silver Cross Blvd. New Lenox and an appointment can be made by clicking here, or calling (815)300-7710.

 

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