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What Is Lymphedema?

Lymphedema is an accumulation of lymphatic fluid in the soft tissues, which can cause swelling of the arms, legs, breast, abdomen, neck or head. Primary lymphedema may be present at birth or develop in puberty or adulthood.

Lymphedema frequently is caused by various treatments for cancer, especially breast cancer, such as radiation or removal of lymph nodes and vessels.

Lymphedema is not a cancer, but because it is most commonly caused by cancer treatment, our certified lymphedema therapists work at the Norton Cancer Institute.

Causes of lymphedema unrelated to cancer treatment include infection or trauma to the lymphatic system.

If left untreated, lymphedema can cause

  • Dramatic swelling of affected extremities
  • Frequent infections
  • Skin changes
  • Discomfort
  • Loss of motor function and independence

Lymphedema Treatment

Lymphedema cannot be cured, but it can be controlled.

The best treatment is complete decongestive therapy, which involves:

  • Manual lymph drainage
  • Compression therapy
  • Skin care
  • Exercise

In addition to complete decongestive therapy, our therapists can address pain, tightness and decreased strength that may accompany the lymphedema.

Axillary Web Syndrome (cording)

Axillary web syndrome, or cording, is another condition that can emerge with lymphedema. With axillary web syndrome, you can feel and possibly see a ropelike web of tissue under the skin on the inside of your arm. Sometimes, you may just feel the pain and tightness of the cords.

Axillary web syndrome cords typically appear within weeks of having lymph nodes removed. The cords usually start in the underarm and can extend all the way to your hand. Our therapists will work with you to develop a customized treatment plan to release the tight cords.

Our therapists also measure for and fit compression garments. Treatment usually is covered by insurance plans with prior authorization and approval.

To learn more about lymphedema and treatment options, call or visit any of these locations:

Downtown Louisville

Norton Cancer Institute Women’s Cancer Center
Medical Towers South, Suite 154
234 E. Gray St.
Phone: (502) 629-4062
Fax: (502) 629-2920

Norton Brownsboro Hospital Campus

Norton Cancer Institute – Brownsboro, third floor
4955 Norton Healthcare Blvd.
Phone: (502) 394-6455
Fax: (502) 394-6351

Norton Healthcare – St. Matthews Campus

Norton Medical Plaza 2 – St. Matthews, Suite 405
3991 Dutchmans Lane
Phone: (502) 899-6684
Fax: (502) 899-3455

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