lymphedema program
Early diagnosis and treatment of lymphedema significantly improve the prognosis.

Lymphedema is a swelling of the soft tissues resulting from the buildup of lymphatic fluid. Lymphedema can develop in legs, ankles, or feet, or in arms and hands. It may follow surgery or radiation treatment. Early diagnosis and treatment of lymphedema significantly improve the prognosis. Left untreated, the condition can become severe, painful, disfiguring and resistant to treatment.

A collaboration of the Lifespan Cancer Institute and Lifespan Rehabiliation Services, the lymphedema program offers comprehensive treatment for patients with acute or chronic lymphedema, secondary to breast or prostate cancer, chemotherapy, radiation or lymph node dissection, as well as primary lymphedema and venous stasis. Physical and occupational therapists trained in lymphedema management use a "hands-on" approach to treat this condition.

Treatment Options

  • Compression bandaging and Kinesio taping to help prevent fluid from returning to swollen areas
  • Compression garments to maintain reduced limb size
  • Compression pump therapy to assist with circulation
  • Exercise to keep the joints flexible
  • Manual lymphatic massage and/or draining to gently direct fluid away from the impaired lymphatic areas
  • Patient education, including information about skin care and home edema management, to help patients understand the cause and appropriate treatment

Locations

Lifespan Cancer Institute, Rhode Island Hospital
1-844-222-2881
Lifespan Cancer Institute, The Miriam Hospital
1-844-222-2881
Lifespan Cancer Institute, Newport Hospital
1-844-222-2881
Lifespan Cancer Institute, East Greenwich, RI
1-844-222-2881
Rehabilitation Services, Providence, RI, 765 Allens Avenue
401-444-5418
Rehabilitation Services, Providence, RI, 195 Collyer Street
401-793-4080
Occupational Therapy, Vanderbilt Rehabilitation Center, Newport Hospital
401-845-1845
Rehabilitation Services, 1454 South County Trail, East Greenwich, RI
401-444-2050
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Locations

Lifespan Cancer Institute, Rhode Island Hospital
Ambulatory Patient Center (APC Building)
593 Eddy Street
Providence, RI 02903
593 Eddy Street
Providence, RI 02903
1-844-222-2881
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Locations

Lifespan Cancer Institute, The Miriam Hospital
Fain Building
164 Summit Avenue
Providence, RI 02906
Fain Building, 3rd floor
164 Summit Avenue
Providence, RI 02906
1-844-222-2881
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Locations

Lifespan Cancer Institute, Newport Hospital
Turner Building
20 Powel Avenue
Newport, RI 02840
20 Powel Avenue
Newport, RI 02840
1-844-222-2881
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Locations

Lifespan Cancer Institute, East Greenwich, RI
Lifespan Ambulatory Care Center
1454 South County Trail
East Greenwich, RI 02818
1454 South County Trail
East Greenwich, RI 02818
1-844-222-2881
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Locations

Rehabilitation Services, Providence, RI, 765 Allens Avenue
765 Allens Ave
Providence, RI 02905
Suite 102
765 Allens Ave
Providence, RI 02905
401-444-5418
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Locations

Rehabilitation Services, Providence, RI, 195 Collyer Street

(including Physical and Occupational Therapy; Cognitive and Neuro-Muscular Rehabilitation; Lymphedema Program; Orthopedics; Hand and Upper Extremity Therapy; Speech Program; Spine Program; and Wound Care Services)

The Miriam Hospital
195 Collyer Street
Providence, RI 02906
suite 301
195 Collyer Street
Providence, RI 02906
401-793-4080
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Locations

Occupational Therapy, Vanderbilt Rehabilitation Center, Newport Hospital
Vanderbilt Rehabilitation
20 Powel Avenue
Newport, RI 02840
Vanderbilt Rehabilitation
20 Powel Avenue
Newport, RI 02840
401-845-1845
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Locations

Rehabilitation Services, 1454 South County Trail, East Greenwich, RI
Lifespan Ambulatory Care Center
1454 South County Trail
East Greenwich, RI 02818
1454 South County Trail
East Greenwich, RI 02818
401-444-2050