If you have been diagnosed with lymphedema, or if you may be at risk of developing it, the multidisciplinary lymphedema program specialists at City of Hope will provide you with the information and expertise you need. Our specialized team of doctors, surgeons, nurses and certified lymphedema therapists will guide you through each step of the journey, from diagnosis to treatment to long-term management.
City of Hope’s multidisciplinary lymphedema program offers patients the latest surgery, technology, research and innovation while providing compassionate care. Please call 800-826-4673 for personalized assistance or request an appointment online. Visit Making Your First Appointment for additional information.
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. We are one of the few facilities designated a comprehensive cancer center by the National Cancer Institute, For more than a decade, U.S. News & World Report has named City of Hope one of the top cancer hospitals in America.
Prior to your cancer treatment our certified lymphedema therapists will meet with you to collect diagnostic baseline measurements, educate you about how to reduce your lymphedema risk, teach you what symptoms to look for, and answer any questions or concerns.
During this evaluation your lymphedema therapist will ask questions and perform tests.
At City of Hope’s multidisciplinary lymphedema program, certified lymphedema therapists work with our world-renowned surgeons, oncologists and nurses. They combine expertise with the latest in research and technology to provide you with the most effective treatment.
We are one of a small number of cancer centers in the U.S. that offers microsurgery for lymphedema. Although the surgery is not a cure, it has been shown to improve the severity of the condition and to reduce the number of complications.
Thanks to rapid advances in technology that allow imaging of the extremely small lymphatic vessels, as well as microscopes and instruments that make it possible to see and operate on the structures of the lymphatic system, several microsurgery techniques are now available to patients who fall within certain specific criteria.
While many patients see improvement, every patient’s treatment experience will be unique. Our multidisciplinary lymphedema care team is made up of plastic surgeons, certified lymphedema therapists and interventional radiologists. The team will provide a thorough evaluation prior and postprocedure to assess and document your improvement and provide follow-up care if necessary. The surgery may not help every patient or offer complete cure.
The skilled physicians at City of Hope use the following procedures to treat lymphedema:
Although there are rare cases when lymphedema has improved and been eliminated, in many patients it requires long-term treatment and management.
Although you may experience some improvement postsurgery, we recommend you continue your prescribed treatment to get the best possible results. For example, we would recommend continued use of your compression garments, consistent massage and exercise, and caring for your skin.
City of Hope’s renowned physicians and staff utilize the latest in technology and innovation to treat lymphedema, coupled with our enduring belief in providing unparalleled compassionate care.