Relief from Lymphedema - Cal's Story
Robert “Cal” Quesenbury, 84, developed lymphedema from a combination of radiation therapy for prostate cancer and venous insufficiency—a problem with the flow of blood from the veins of the legs back to the heart.
“The swelling in my legs was severe enough at times that the skin grew tight and I ended up with blisters and sores,” Cal recalls. “Something clearly needed to be done to make my legs healthy and prevent a more serious complication.”
So, his physician referred him to Cone Health Outpatient Cancer Rehabilitation Center for lymphedema management.
‘Utterly Thrilled’ with Lymphedema Therapy
Cal saw certified lymphedema therapists at Cone Health three times a week for about six months.
His therapy included gentle massage of his body from head to foot. After each massage, therapists wrapped his legs and feet in special compression bandages. The treatments reduced the lymph fluid in his legs, which decreased swelling, relieved discomfort, and improved his skin condition.
“Although my condition is permanent, my symptoms have improved so much that my legs have returned to almost normal size,” Cal says. “I am utterly thrilled with the results.”