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Lymphoedema is a condition that affects the lymphatic system, which is a network of nodes and vessels throughout the entire body. Lymphoedema can arise as a result of cancer treatment, specifically the removal or irradiation of affected lymph nodes and lymph vessels. Sometimes lymphoedema can result from cancer cells obstructing the lymphatic system.
The lymph nodes that have been damaged or removed cannot be replaced, and so the lymphatic drainage routes are reduced/altered. This can cause fluid to build up in the surrounding tissues, creating swelling, discomfort and a gradual change in the texture and feel of the affected area.
Treatment is aimed at reducing swelling and improving the condition of the tissues, and preventing further problems or complications. If lymphoedema is left untreated, there is a risk that it may worsen over time.
Manual lymphatic drainage therapy can be undertaken at the Physiotherapy department at Parkside Hospital. The service is also available to those who develop lymphoedema, without previously having had cancer or cancer treatment. For more information on the service we provide, please click here.
At CCL we provide support that caters to both the physical and emotional needs of the patient, before, during and after treatment.
We offer a wide range of services for patients, as well as their loved ones, designed to make a very difficult time as easy as possible, and to give our patients the best treatment and support possible. Our support services include counselling, group sessions and much more. You can find the full range of our support services here. We’ll be with you every step of the way.
If you have any questions about lymphoedema or would like to book an appointment with one of our lymphoedema specialists, complete this form online or call 020 8247 3351.