Lymphedema is swelling that develops due to the abnormal fluid collection beneath the skin, most commonly in an arm or leg. This can occur when lymph nodes are removed or damaged during cancer treatment.
Lymphedema can result from trauma or be an inherited condition in those born with a deficiency in their lymphatic system.
Before your treatment, our certified lymphedema therapists will meet with you to collect diagnostic baseline measurements, educate you about reducing your risk, teach what symptoms to look for and address concerns.
Complete decongestive therapy is the most common treatment for lymphedema. At City of Hope, this process begins with a certified lymphedema therapist evaluating you and creating a treatment plan that may include one or more treatment strategies.
City of Hope is one of a small number of cancer centers in the U.S. that offers microsurgery treatment for lymphedema.
Located near Los Angeles, City of Hope is a nationally recognized leader in the research and treatment of cancer. For more than a decade, U.S. News & World Report has named City of Hope one of the top cancer hospitals in America.
City of Hope is one of the few facilities designated a comprehensive cancer center by the National Cancer Institute.
Alex K. Wong, M.D., is a plastic surgeon and chief of the Division of Plastic Surgery. As a board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Wong specializes in reconstruction of defects and complex wounds after cancer treatment and surgery.