Lymphoedema treatment is a specialist form of physiotherapy that is targeted at the prevention or management of lymphoedema due to cancer treatment.
The lymphatic system flows all throughout the body, and transports mainly white blood cells as part of the body's immune system. It helps regulate inflammation and the immune response, and removes waste and toxins from the body. Certain health conditions can interrupt the normal flow of lymph, causing a buildup in certain areas - also known as lymphoedema. Examples include swollen ankles after a long-haul flight, or a swollen arm after breast cancer treatment, lymph node removal, or radiation therapy.
Unfortunately, a significant percentage (up to 47%) of patients may develop lymphoedema after certain types of cancer interventions.
Lymphoedema can be painful and debilitating, and increase your risk of infection. Lymphoedema treatment for a patient with cancer by a specially qualified Physiotherapist can help reduce the stagnation of the lymph and reduce swelling and associated pain and discomfort. You should only have a Lymphoedema assessment and treatment from a specially trained and experienced Physiotherapist.