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.
After developing the lymphedema program for many years and meeting rigorous standards, City of Hope was designated as a Comprehensive Cancer Center of Excellence by the Lymphatic Education & Research Network, making us one of only four cancer centers with this prestigious recognition.
In addition to lymphedema therapy, we are among the few centers in the United States offering microsurgery treatment for lymphedema.
City of Hope is one of the few facilities designated a comprehensive cancer center by the National Cancer Institute.
Assistant Clinical Professor, Division of Plastic Surgery, Department of Surgery
Duarte - Main Campus; Lennar Foundation Cancer Center
Plastic surgeon Mouchammed Agko, M.D., understands that many cancer survivors want to continue their lives after treatment without physical reminders of the disease. His goal is to help them achieve that — in addition to providing additional aesthetic improvements, if it meets a patient’s needs.
Antoine Lyonel Carré, M.D., M.P.H., is a plastic surgeon specializing in such areas as breast reconstruction, lymphedema, perineal reconstruction, abdominal wall reconstruction and targeted muscle reinnervation for chronic/phantom pain.
Alex K. Wong, M.D., is a plastic surgeon and a professor in 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.