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What is lymphoedema?

Lymphoedema is the severe swelling of the legs, arms, feet, hands, neck, and other areas, principally caused by certain cancers and their treatment. Lymphoedema is a chronic, progressive and life long condition.

However, it can be managed effectively by early diagnosis, referral and treatment.

A treatment programme comprises one or more of: compression bandaging and/or hosiery, skincare (simple lymphatic drainage), manual lymphatic drainage and exercise.

Find out more by visiting our information for lymphoedema patients hub.


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