Explore the Breast Cancer-Related Lymphedema Treatment Program

Overview

Our program's multidisciplinary team includes works together to:

  • Ensure ongoing screening
  • Educate patients about risk factors, signs and symptoms
  • Provide top-notch management

If lymphedema is detected, we design an individualized treatment plan focusing on physical therapy.

A Leader in Prospective Screening

We screen for breast cancer-related lymphedema in all newly diagnosed breast cancer patients at the Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center. We treat the condition in its earliest stages. We have evaluated more than 2,500 breast cancer patients.

Research: A Program Priority

Our program is conducting a large, federally funded clinical trial on early detection and intervention for lymphedema in patients treated for breast cancer. The study evaluates the effectiveness of using compression garments to prevent or slow the progression of lymphedema. Patients will be fitted by a certified lymphedema therapist for compression garments. All our patients are welcome to enroll. Participation is voluntary.

Clinical Trials

Clinical trials are research studies of new drugs, new combinations of drugs or already approved drugs being studied to treat patients in new/different ways. They may include new drug doses or new ways (schedules) to give the drugs. Clinical trials are run under strict guidelines. Their purpose is to help find out whether new cancer treatments are safe and effective or better than the standard (current) treatment. At Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center, there are several clinical trials open for the treatment of breast cancer that use the latest in cancer treatments.

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Patient Education and Resources

Lymphedema is swelling caused by fluid that collects in the tissues under the skin. This fluid is called “lymph.” Patients who have undergone surgery or radiation therapy for breast cancer have greater risk of developing lymphedema. Breast cancer-related lymphedema can occur in the breast, chest wall, arm and/or hand.

Lymphedema & Breast Cancer

Lymphedema & Breast Cancer

Download this pdf to learn more about lymphedema & breast cancer.

Lymphedema Patient Resource List

Lymphedema Patient Resource List

Download this pdf to help to view certified lymphedema therapists.

Breast Cancer Treatment Program

Breast Cancer Treatment Program

We provide comprehensive, compassionate care for patients with any stage of breast cancer.

Supportive Care

Supportive Care

We offer a variety of education and support resources to help you and your family.

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Workshops & Support Groups

Workshops & Support Groups

We offer a wide range of integrative therapies, workshops and support groups.