What is Lymphedema?

Lymphedema occurs when the body’s lymphatic system is unable to drain fluid from the body that causes chronic swelling which can occur because of cancer treatments like surgery and radiation therapy.

Lymphedema symptoms can develop at any time but are most commonly seen within the first 5 years following these treatments. (Note: you may experience some normal postoperative swelling within the first 6 to 8 weeks following surgery.)

What are the most common signs or symptoms of Lymphedema?

• New onset of swelling in the fingers, hands, arms, chest or shoulders

• A “full” or “heavy” sensation in the affected arm

• Decreased flexibility in the affected arm

Breast Cancer Patients at risk for or with Progressive Lymphedema

Ambulatory Referral to:
Lymphedema Clinic
400 Jack Stephens Drive
Little Rock, AR 72205
(501) 686-8522
FAX: (501) 296-1382

Lower extremity Lymphedema patients and patients with postoperative ROM and/or strengthening needs

Ambulatory Referral to:
Occupational Therapy
*Specify – Melodie Mauney, OT, CLT
Jack Stephens Spine Institute
501 Jack Stephens Drive
Little Rock, AR 72205
(501) 661-7955
Fax: (501) 320-7913