March 12, 2014
Lymphedema is one of the most poorly understood, relatively underestimated, and least researched complications of cancer or its treatment. Lymphedema has been reported to occur within days and up to 30 years after treatment for breast cancer. Eighty percent of patients experience onset within 3 years of surgery; the remainder develop edema at a rate of 1% per year.
Lakeview has a Certified Lymphedema Therapist that offers treatment for upper and lower extremity swelling. Since there is no cure for lymphedema, the goal of treatment is to reduce the swelling and to maintain the reduction. The treatment involves Manual Lymph Drainage, Graduated Compression Garments, Therapeutic Exercises, Meticulous Skin Care and Patient education on all Manual Lymph Drainage and exercises.
Lymphedema most often develops in one arm or leg, but may be present in both arms and both legs. It may also occur in the hands or feet, and even in the chest, back, neck, face, abdomen, and genitals. The treatment has been proven effective for both Primary and Secondary Lymphedema.
Lakeview Regional’s Rehabilitation Department is one of the only therapy centers in the area to provide this treatment by a therapist certified in Lymphedema therapy. Danielle Senac, LOTR, CLT has been specialized in Lymphedema for 5 years. D. Senac works closely with the medical team to provide evidence based multidisciplinary approach that is tailored to meet individual needs for the treatment of Lymphedema.
To receive treatment, patients need a prescription which can be faxed to (985)893-6840. Please call the department if you have any questions or wish to schedule an appointment: 985-867-4054. We look forward to working with you to provide excellent care to your patients.