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Lymphedema clinic

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Lymphedema is a common side effect of several cancers and cancer treatments. At Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA), Philadelphia, our lymphedema clinic offers patients a multidisciplinary approach to treating this chronic condition and its symptoms, all under one roof.

What is lymphedema?

The lymphatic system is a series of vessels and lymph nodes that carry lymph fluid throughout the body to filter waste and help fight infection. When the lymph nodes are removed during surgery or are damaged or blocked by disease or treatment, lymphatic fluid may build up and cause lymphedema, an accumulation of fluid under the skin, usually in the extremities. Lymphedema is commonly associated with breast cancer, but may also result from treatment for other cancer types, such as prostate cancer, gynecological cancers, lymphoma and melanoma.

Philadelphia Lymphedema Clinic

At CTCA Philadelphia, our doctors and clinicians understand that lymphedema may have a profound effect on patients’ quality of life. That’s why we’ve developed a clinic with dedicated office hours—two full days each month—focused exclusively on helping patients reduce and, when possible, prevent the symptoms of the condition. This clinic offers patients a multidisciplinary approach to treating lymphadema and its symptoms, all under one roof.

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Meet our team

John G. Fernandez - Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon

John G. Fernandez

Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon, CTCA Philadelphia

Audrey Shaw - Physician Assistant

Audrey Shaw

Physician Assistant, CTCA Philadelphia

Imran Shariff - Supportive Care Physician

Imran Shariff

Supportive Care Physician, CTCA Philadelphia

Types of lymphedema

There are two forms of lymphedema:

Primary lymphedema occurs when an individual is born with an abnormality of the lymphatic system.

Secondary lymphedema is the result of surgery or other factors that cause damage to the lymphatic system.

The symptoms of lymphedema include:

Treatment options for lymphedema

Lymphedema is a chronic condition that cannot be cured, but several treatment options may help reduce its symptoms.


At CTCA® Philadelphia, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon John Fernandez, MD, FACS, is experienced at several surgical options for lymphedema, including:

Integrative care

Supportive care services, tools and techniques that may help relieve lymphedema symptoms include:

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Where we are located

CTCA Philadelphia

Lymphedema Clinic
1331 E. Wyoming Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19124
For more information, call 888-725-9674.

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