Lymphedema Support Group
Lymphedema occurs when a fluid called lymph pools in your tissue instead of circulating throughout the body. There is no cure for lymphedema, and you may face the risk of additional complications, such as infections.
Lehigh Valley Cancer Institute's lymphedema support group gives you the opportunity to talk with people who know precisely what you are going through. We offer a caring environment where you can share information about your experiences and learn from others.
Lymphedema support group at Lehigh Valley Cancer Institute
For information about our next lymphedema support group meeting or to sign up, call 888-402-LVHN (5846).
Our lymphedema support group members exchange:
- Treatment information
- Emotional support
- Tips for self-care and avoiding complications
- Techniques for coping with the challenges of lymphedema
More information about lymphedema
Lymph is a clear fluid containing lymphocytes (white blood cells) that protect you against infection. A network of vessels allows lymph to travel to the areas of your body that need it most.
If you have strep throat, the swelling you feel under your jaw is a collection of lymph trying to clear the infection. When the infection is gone, the excess fluid goes away on its own.
Lymphedema occurs when cancer or side effects of cancer treatment prevent collections of lymph from draining.
You may be at risk for lymphedema if:
- Scar tissue from cancer surgery blocks one or more lymph vessels
- Healthy tissue is affected by radiation therapy, causing pooling of lymph
In addition to our lymphedema support group, we help you get relief with specialized therapy through our cancer rehabilitation team. Our team includes certified lymphedema therapists who massage affected areas to promote draining. Find out more about cancer rehabilitation services.