Palliative Care Lymphoedema

Lymphoedema (pronounced limf-o-dee-ma) is the swelling of an arm, leg or other part of the body due to an abnormal collection of fluid in the body tissues called ‘lymph’. This sometimes happens if cancer blocks the drainage of fluid through the lymphatic system, or when part of the lymphatic drainage system has been removed by surgery or damaged by cancer treatments, such as radiotherapy. It is a chronic condition that, although incurable, is treatable. Our Lymphoedema service is based at Cynthia Spencer Hospice. Our dedicated therapists provide therapy to patients in dedicated clinics at the Hospice. Lymphoedema nurses are experts in providing support and advice to patients to help them to self-manage their condition.