Tuesday, July 3, 2012

How to Find a Lymphedema Specialist

The Cancer Rehabilitation Program at the Abramson Cancer Center and at the Joan Karnell Cancer Center along with the lymphedema program at Good Shepherd Penn Partners help patients prevent or treat lymphedema.

Therapists at Good Shepherd Penn Partners are certified lymphedema therapists (CLT) who have attended programs recognized as the most advanced training available. Many of Penn’s therapists have further certification through the Lymphology Association of North America (LANA).

Penn is also home to groundbreaking research on lymphedema caused by treatment for breast cancer, specifically the Physical Activity and Lymphedema (PAL) Trial. This study found that lifting weights may prevent, or relieve, lymphedema.

The National Lymphedema Network is a well-known patient advocacy group for individuals with lymphedema. Its website is a valuable source of accurate information and for locating treatment professionals

The American Physical Therapy Association lists specialists in many areas, including lymphedema, through its ‘Find a PT’ service.