Lymphoedema is swelling (oedema) that occurs when lymph fluid builds up in the tissues under the skin. It may be ongoing, but it can usually be managed, particularly if diagnosed early. Lymphoedema can affect people at any stage: during active cancer treatment, or even months or years after treatment. We discuss how you can prevent and/or manage Lymphoedema.
Helen is a Rehabilitation Physician who is the Medical Director of the Mt Wilga Lymphoedema Service in Hornsby and the Clinical Lead at the Macquarie University ALERT lymphoedema Program. She is a past President and currently the Medical Adviser to the Australasian Lymphology Association (ALA).
Asha Heydon-White is a physiotherapist specialising in oncology and lymphoedema. Asha undertook lymphoedema training in the United Kingdom prior to returning to Australia to work at Macquarie University. She has a special interest in rehabilitation after breast cancer, including shoulder rehabilitation and management of the myofascial system. Asha is the senior therapist working at MQ Health Lymphoedema and is involved in the surgical, diagnostic and conservative clinics.
Helen developed secondary Lymphoedema in her left arm and hand as a result of surgery for her breast cancer. In April 2012 in between her chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatments the Lymphoedema developed. Helen has used a variety of strategies to manage her Lymphoedema, using self-management strategies, consulting with medical professionals and a few more which she will share in the webinar.