UnityPoint Health - John Stoddard Cancer Center - Lymphedema Center


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Hours of Operation

  • Monday: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Thursday: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Friday: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Saturday: Closed
  • Sunday: Closed

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Lymphedema Center

Lymphedema is best treated with Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT), a comprehensive treatment program that includes:
  • Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD)
  • Compression bandaging and/or garments
  • Lymphedema exercises
  • Meticulous skin and nail care
  • Education and prevention for self management
The goals of CDT are:
  • Consistent reduction of swelling and fibrous tissue
  • Prevention of lymph fluid reaccumulation
  • Improved movement and function
  • Prevention and elimination of infections
  • Self-esteem enhancement
A risk reduction treatment program is also provided for cancer patients who have had lymph nodes removed or radiated. This program includes:
  • Soft tissue mobilization
  • Range of motion and stretching exercises
  • Strengthening exercises
  • Postural training
  • Education and risk reduction strategies

A physician's referral is required to be seen at the Lymphedema Center. Registration and insurance authorization for treatment will precede scheduled appointments. For further information, contact the Lymphedema Center at 515-241-6839.

Lymphedema Center Therapists

Our lymphedema treatment program is provided by a physical therapist or an occupational therapist who is a Certified Lymphedema Therapist (CLT) in Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD)/Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT). In addition, each therapist has earned certification from the Lymphology Association of North America (LANA). Since 2000, the Lymphedema Center has been a member of the National Lymphedema Network (NLN).

Lymphedema Center Therapists

Kim Cooks
Kim Cooks, CLT-LANA, OTR/L

Occupational Therapy

Nancy Fellows
Nancy Fellows, CLT-LANA, PT

Physical Therapy

Kari Seivert
Kari Seivert, CLT-LANA, OTR/L

Occupational Therapy

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