Lymphedema Program

Program & Goals

We help educate patients on early intervention of lymphedema (in order to avoid or reduce severity) and provide therapeutic treatment for lymphedema.

Lymphedema, or swelling in the arms and/or legs due to fluid retention, is commonly caused by removal of the lymph nodes or by radiation treatment for certain forms of cancer. The key is catching lymphedema early to avoid progression and severity of the condition. Michael Y. Lee, MD, MHA, or his designee, treats each patient to minimize lymphedema and increase quality of life.

Lymphedema Therapy

Our lymphedema team includes a certified lymphedema therapist, Theresa Gilliam, OTR/L, CLT-LANA, who works closely with physiatrists (rehabilitation doctors) in our department to manage the care of each patient.

Appointments and Referrals

Appointments may be arranged via our UNC PM&R Outpatient Clinic at 919-595-9630.

Resources

For support group information and additional resources, see Lymph Notes.

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