What is Lymphoedema?

It’s a chronic, long-term condition that causes swelling in the body’s tissues. It can affect any part of the body, but usually develops in the arms or legs.  Symptoms can include an aching, heavy feeling in the affected limb. Lymphoedema is caused by a problem with the lymphatic system. This is a network of vessels and glands distributed throughout the body. Its major functions are to help fight infection and drain excess fluid from tissues. Abnormal development of the lymphatic system, damage to it and/or an increase in fluid in the body tissues can all lead to Lymphoedema.

How can we help?

Amongst the many front line staff working for Cornwall Hospice Care are two Clinical Nurse Specialists, Helen Treleaven and Terri Lightfoot.  They care for and support people suffering with Lymphoedema. Their patients visit them for appointments at both Mount Edgcumbe and St Julia’s Hospices and in many cases say Helen and Terri ensure they can continue living their life despite the condition.


Need to refer someone to our Lymphoedema Clinical Nurse Specialists?