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New in Seattle

Postby Brooke » Sun Jul 06, 2008 9:52 pm

My lymphedema is just starting. My internist said it is because of lymph nodes removed during surgery for cervical cancer several years ago. It started in my foot with "sausage toes" and is now up to my ankle. I would like to know what type of doctor I should look for to treat this before it gets really bad. Thank you - I am really glad I found this group of people. Bless you all.
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Re: New in Seattle

Postby patoco » Sun Jul 06, 2008 10:12 pm

Hey Brooke :D

Super welcome to our family here :!: :!:

You may want to start here:

Leg Lymphedema

http://www.lymphedemapeople.com/wiki/do ... lymphedema

There are so many more recorded instances of lymphedema from gynecologic cancers, I'm glad to hear that you did get diagnosed and that your doctor knew what it is.

The most important thing now is to get you to a certified lymhpedema therapist. It's really critical to do this as you are in the very early stages of lymphedema. Setting up a management program now can help avoid some of the complications of lymhpedema.

Oh..you might be interested in this article:

Prevalence of Lymphedema in Gynecologic Cancer

http://www.lymphedemapeople.com/wiki/do ... gic_cancer

You can locate a therapist near you by going to our page:

LYMPHEDEMA THERAPISTS - SCHOOLS OF THERAPY

http://www.lymphedemapeople.com/thesite ... herapy.htm

This will provide direct links to the schools that teach and certify therapists and to their "Find a Therapist" pages.

There is no specific doctor you should see...unfortunately, there isn't a specialty doc for lymphedema.

Hope this can help and if you ever have questions, please don't hesitate to ask...we're all here for you and each other.

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