As a component of the Vanderbilt Cancer Wellness Program for cancer survivors on therapy and post-therapy, the Vanderbilt Lymphedema Therapy Clinic provides custom and comprehensive care for you. The clinic is staffed by physical therapists certified in lymphedema therapy and collaborates with our REACH for Survivorship Clinic and the Vanderbilt Dayani Center.
Vanderbilt Lymphedema Therapy Clinic
Vanderbilt Dayani Center
1500 Medical Center Drive
Nashville, TN 37212
Hours: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday
Lymphedema is a long-term, chronic condition that needs to be appropriately managed. It occurs when ones lymph vessels are unable to adequately drain lymph fluid, usually from an arm or leg. Lymphedema can be hereditary, but most commonly is caused by a condition or procedure such as cancer, radiation treatment for cancer or cancer-related surgeries.
Lymphedema is most common among patients who experience trauma to their lymphatic system. Examples include cancer patients undergoing lymphatic node dissection or radiation therapy and those who suffer a traumatic injury. Swelling of the arms, legs, torso or face can occur, however it is not typical for every patient who experiences this trauma to suffer from lymphedema.
Our certified lymphedema therapists perform an intensive therapy called complex decongestive therapy (CDT). CDT helps reduce a patients fluid build-up quickly. This comprehensive therapy includes skin care, manual lymphatic drainage treatment, special bandaging, exercises, and assessment for appropriate compression garment.
In addition, our therapists teach patients how to proactively reduce swelling including necessary skin care regimes to help manage their condition. The Vanderbilt Lymphedema Therapy Clinic also offers other support services such as exercise and wellness classes to ensure this chronic condition is properly managed.