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oncology/lymphedema rehabilitation

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A diagnosis of cancer can be extremely overwhelming. We have specially trained Physical and Occupational Therapists who understand, and can help you with functional problems you may be experiencing as a result of your medical treatment.  There are approximately 12 million cancer survivors living in the United States. If you are one of these survivors and are having trouble with everyday functions, then you may benefit from the services provided by our Oncology Physical and Occupational Therapists. 

Are you experiencing:

  • Difficulty with everyday tasks, such as lifting and reaching
  • Loss of strength
  • Loss of movement
  • Pain
  • Tight or painful scar tissue 
  • Problems with your balance
  • Fatigue 
  • Post-operative swelling
  • Swelling of your arm or leg
  • Lymphedema

If you are currently in treatment or have completed treatment for your cancer diagnosis and have any of the above symptoms which interfere with your daily living activities, we may be able to help! Please ask your doctor if therapy may be right for you.  Once you receive a referral for Physical or Occupational Therapy, your therapist will evaluate your condition, discuss the results and partner with you and your doctor to establish a personalized treatment plan to improve your quality of life.

What is lymphedema?

Lymphedema is a build-up of lymphatic fluid that can cause swelling in your arm, leg, breast, or in the head and neck. This can occur as a result of certain treatments necessary to treat cancer. There can also be other causes unrelated to cancer that cause lymphedema. If you are having problems with swelling, ask your doctor if he/she feels you may benefit from Complete Decongestive Therapy. Our therapists are nationally certified by the Lymphology Association of North America (LANA).

What you can expect:

  • A detailed and individualized evaluation, during which you and your Physical/Occupational Therapist will establish treatment goals
  • One-on-one customized treatment to improve your ability to perform activities of daily living and to help you reach your goals, and
  • Periodic reassessment to ensure that your goals are being met

Contact Us

Lutheran General Hospital
Outpatient Rehabiliation Services at Parkside
on the campus of Lutheran General Hospital
1875 Dempster Street Ste, G10
Park Ridge, IL  60068
Call 847.723.7500 to schedule an appointment.

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