Lymphedema Management Program

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The Lymphedema Management Program at Fox Chase Cancer Center is the only hospital-based program in the Philadelphia area using a unique combination of the Dr. Vodder Method of Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) and the Lymphedema Association of Australia's method of Complete Decongestive Physiotherapy (CDP), both well-respected treatment regimens.

Treating patients with lymphedema

Through Fox Chase Cancer Center's department of physical medicine and rehabilitation, a board-certified physiatrist and a licensed physical therapist will provide each patient with a full evaluation. The program includes diagnosing and treating lymphedema and its associated conditions during the acute, subacute and/or chronic phases.

Each patient receives an individualized rehabilitation program to prevent further progression of lymphedema, including skin care; a gentle distal-to-proximal lymphatic massage focusing on connective tissue; compression bandaging; and antibiotic drug therapy if applicable. The patient's primary care physician will receive continuous progress reports regarding the patient's condition.

For more information, call the Rehabilitation Department at 215-728-2592.