To speak to a specialist cancer nurse,
freefone the National Cancer Helpline
1800 200 700
Mon—Thurs 9am—7pm Fri 9am—5pm
Lymphoedema is swelling which can occur mainly in the limbs. In patients with breast cancer it can occur in the arm on the side of the affected breast. It can be caused by scarring in the area post surgery or radiotherapy, which may interfere with fluid drainage from the tissues in the arm.
It can be uncomfortable and can cause restriction of movement in the shoulder and arm. Contact your Hospital if you have arm swelling as you need to be assessed and treatment planned.
Treatment is usually a specialist physiotherapist or nurse with special training. It usually involves massage, wear of especially measured compression garments, a regime of skin care and exercise and sometimes bandaging. For further information on lymphoedema please call our helpline on Freephone 1800 200 700.
Freephone 1800 200 700 to talk to a specialist cancer nurse
It's open Monday-Thursday from 9am to 7pm and Friday from 9am to 5pm
National Cancer Helpline
Freefone 1 800 200 700
Talk to a specialist nurse
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