Lymphoedema

Lymphoedema

Lymphoedema is the accumulation of excessive amounts of protein-rich fluid known as lymphatic fluid, resulting in swelling of one or more regions of the body. The condition usually affects the limb(s) although it may also involve the trunk, breast, head and neck or genital area.

Lymphoedema may arise because the lymphatic vessels or nodes have been damaged or were not formed correctly. Damage to the lymphatic system may occur as a result of some cancer treatments including the removal of lymph nodes, following radiotherapy to lymph node groups or with the progression of malignant disease. Other causes include tissue damage, immobility and obesity.

Lymphoedema cannot be cured but it can be improved and managed with appropriate intervention. This usually requires a team approach including a qualified lymphoedema therapist.

For more information click on the link below or speak with your GP.

Australasian Lymphology Association