Lymphedema Surveillance and Prevention

Am J Phys Med Rehabil. 2024 Mar 1;103(3S Suppl 1):S23-S27. doi: 10.1097/PHM.0000000000002405. Epub 2023 Dec 14.


Lymphedema is a chronic condition, which can impact a person's quality of life and function. Identifying lymphedema at an early stage is key to preventing a person from developing chronic lymphedema. Physiatry can play an important role in education, identification of risk factors, performing prospective lymphedema surveillance programs, and prevention/treatment of lymphedema. Incorporating lymphedema surveillance programs into routine cancer care provides physiatry with the opportunity to assess additional rehabilitation and functional needs of a cancer patient.

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Lymphedema* / etiology
  • Lymphedema* / prevention & control
  • Prospective Studies
  • Quality of Life*