What is Lymphoedema?

The swelling is called lymphoedema, because oedema is the medical name for swelling and lymph indicates that it is the lymphatic system that has been compromised.  This may be the result of cancer treatments such as surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy.

The lymphatic system drains waste products away from body tissues if this is reduced there is a build up of fluid (protein and other waste products) causing lymphoedema.  Lymphoedema is a chronic condition, which means it will never go away, however the treatments offered aim to reduce swelling and prevent future oedema forming. 

This is a free service provided by Cornwall Hospice Care.

Our two Lymphoedema Clinical Nurse Specialists offer a specialist service for patients affected with secondary cancer-related lymphoedema. 

The service operates an individually tailored treatment plan to promote independence and improve quality of life.

The clinics offer a range of treatment options which are;

  • Self- Care Management
  • Exercise and limb positioning
  • Education on lymphoedema
  • Graduated Compression Hosiery – advise and education
  • Manual Lymphatic Drainage
  • Intermittent Pneumatic Compression
  • Multi-layer Lymphoedema Bandaging
  • Kinesio – Taping
  • Skin Care

 
For more detailed information on the treatments offered, click here

If you would like to know more about how Cornwall Hospice Care can help you, or someone you care for, please get in touch by calling 01726 65711.


Other sources of further information about lymphoedema are shown below:

www.thebls.com – British Lymphology Society

www.lymphoedema.org/lsn - Lymphoedema Support Network

www.breastcancercare.org.uk – Information of breast cancer

www.macmillian.org.uk – General information

www.thebls.com/consensus.php - Cellulitis Management (British Lymphology Society)