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Lymphoedema is a type of swelling. It is an accumulation of lymphatic fluid, caused by problem or blockage of the lymphatic system, that mostly occurs in the arms and legs and occasionally in other parts of the body.

Causes of lymphedema include:

  • primary lymphoedema - when people are born with an abnormality of the lymphatic system
  • secondary lymphoedema - when there is damage to the lymphatic system. Common causes include surgery (including surgical removal of lymph nodes), trauma, radiation or infection.

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Lymphoedema Management

The aims of lymphoedema treatment are to prevent progression of the condition, to reduce odema and then maintain the improvement.

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Lymphoedema | Cancer Australia

Lymphoedema usually develops gradually and can occur months or even years after treatment is finished. Theres no known cure for lymphoedema, but it can be managed with appropriate care.

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Lymphoedema is a condition that causes swelling, usually of the legs or arms. Find out about the causes, symptoms and treatments.

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Lymphoedema - what you need to know | Cancer Australia

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Frequently Asked Questions about Lymphoedema

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The Management of Secondary Lymphoedema - Workshop module for health professionals | Cancer Australia

This workshop module aims to provide health professionals with an understanding of best practice relating to the management of secondary lymphoede

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Here, you can download a range of breast cancer resources in Chinese, Vietnamese, Arabic, Greek and Italian.

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The lymphatic system comprises a network of tiny vessels that carry lymph, the lymph nodes and the organs of the lymphatic system.

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