Our lymphedema team helps patients and families learn to recognize the signs of lymphedema and manage them, and individualizes treatment for each patient.
The Lymphedema program includes 3 certified lymphedema therapists: Val Collins, PT, CLT-LANA, Sherin Joseph, DPT, CLT (who speaks Spanish and Malyayalam!) and Jennifer R. Harrington, PT, DPT, WCS, CLT. All 3 are members of UNC Health Care’s Department of Rehabilitation Therapies at the Center for Rehabilitation Care. They see UNC patients as well as those from across the Triangle area.
Lymphedema is a buildup of fluid in the skin of an arm or leg or in your chest, breast, head or neck. Lymphedema happens when damage occurs to this lymphatic system and lymph cannot move through the body. This can happen after cancer treatments, including surgery and radiation. Lymphedema can happen in the first few months of cancer treatments or it may happen months to years later.
The affected area may have the following symptoms:
• Tightness of the skin
To learn more about lymphedema click here. If you are having signs of lymphedema, let your UNC Cancer Team know right away. Ask your doctor for a referral to the Lymphedema Clinic or call 984-974-9700. Our certified lymphedema therapists at UNC Health Care are able to determine how best to treat your swelling.