This section covers cancer-related lymphoedema, a common side effect of cancer and cancer treatments. Learn what lymphoedema is, its causes, how to recognise signs early and how it can be managed.
Learn about the lymphatic system, when lymphoedema develops, and the risk factors.
Finding and managing lymphoedema as early as possible can help reduce the impact of lymphoedema.
There are several things you can do to help reduce your risk of developing lymphoedema after cancer treatment.
Your lymphoedema practitioner will ask about your medical history, and check the level of swelling and any pitting, thickening or damage to the skin.
The aim of treatment is to help the flow of lymph fluid through the affected area.