One of the components of the comprehensive cancer treatment services offered at the UAMS Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute is our Lymphedema Therapy.
Swelling of the limbs caused by poorly functioning lymph nodes or vessels is known as Lymphedema. This condition is often a side effect of breast cancer treatment and can cause numbness, discomfort and infection. While lymphedema isn’t life threatening, it can last over a long period of time and cause extreme discomfort.
All patients of the Lymphedema Clinic, particularly women who have undergone axillary lymph node dissection for breast cancer, will be evaluated by a doctor with expertise in treating lymphedema, an occupational therapist trained in lymphedema treatment and an experienced oncology social worker.
Optimal treatment for lymphedema requires the multidisciplinary approach provided at UAMS. The treatment of choice is complex decongestive therapy (CDT), a treatment method using manual lymph drainage and compression garments, plus careful attention to skin care.
For new patients, please call 501-296-1200. For returning patients, call501-686-5655.
We will talk with you about your needs and may request further information be sent to us from your other physicians.
Although UAMS does not require a physician referral, some insurance providers require a referral for specialty care. Please check with your insurance provider before requesting an appointment.
What should I bring to the appointment?
For your first appointment, please bring a photo ID and your insurance card along with a list of any medications you’re taking, including over-the-counter medications. You should also bring any medical records you can provide, including slides or test results from other clinics.
For future appointments, please provide updated medical and insurance information.
How do I request a prescription refill or contact a nurse from the clinic?
For the health of your child and the safety of our patients, we ask that children age 12 and younger remain on the first floor in the lobby or café.
We realize that this may be a challenge for patients without childcare options. If you must bring your child, please visit the Welcome Desk when you arrive and they will assist you in finding an appropriate and safe place to wait with your child.
Dr. Suzanne Klimberg is the director of the breast cancer program at the Cancer Institute at UAMS. She offers state-of-the-art medical treatment to patients diagnosed with various stages of breast cancer.
Parking is available in Parking 3 at the corner of Cedar and Capitol. Parking is validated for patients who have clinic appointments. For your convenience, park on Levels 2B, 3B, 4B or 5B. Valet parking is available in front of the Cancer Institute for a fee.
Take the Cancer Institute elevators in Parking 3 at Level 2B.
Exit the walkway on Level 2B of Parking 3 and you will be at the Cancer Institute’s entrance.
Enter the Cancer Institute and take Elevator D to the 6th floor or visit the Welcome Desk for assistance.