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lympedema prevention and treatment program

When cancer treatment requires removal of lymph nodes and/or radiation treatments, patients may be at risk for lymphedema - an accumulation of fluid that causes abnormal swelling in the head, arms and legs*.

Advocate Lutheran General Hospital is a leader in lymhedema treatment, and we have obtained the highest possible certifications in lymphedema care. Our lymphedema prevention program emphasizes education and awareness. We encourage post-mastectomy patients and others at risk to learn the causes, symptoms and risk factors for lymphedema, as well as activities, exercises and skin care to prevent it.

We also provide continuous care throughout all stages of the disease. Registered physical and occupational therapists who have specialized training in lymphedema care work closely with patients' physicians in developing treatments. Patients from any hospital may enroll, but a physician's referral is required.

For more information on lymphedema, visit the National Lymphedema Network Web site at


To schedule an appointment for an initial evaluation, call 847.723.7500.

*Treatment Sites that may Result in Lymphedema

  • Removal or treatment of lymph nodes in the neck can result in swelling of the head
  • Removal or treatment of lymph nodes in the armpit can result in swelling of the arm
  • Removal or treatment of lymph nodes in the groin can result in swelling of the legs

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