When lymphoedema treatments go well, the outcomes can be life-changing. It could be a reduction in the size of a limb, wearing shoes to go to a family meal, easing a swallow or teaching family how to provide gentle massage of oedematous limbs for a loved one approaching the end of life. Fiona Sanderson, Macmillan Lymphoedema Specialist at St Ann's
This week is Lymphoedema Awareness Week (6th – 11th March, which was kicked off with World Lymphoedema Day on Sunday 6th March.
Lymphoedema is a swelling that develops as a result of an impaired lymphatic system. It is estimated that lymphoedema affects between 263,000 – 422,000 people in the UK. Primary lymphoedema is rare, but secondary lymphoedema (caused as a result of cancer or other illnesses) is much more common.
To mark the start of this week, Fiona Sanderson, St Ann’s Macmillan Lymphoedema Specialist, told ehospice all about lymphoedema, how teams can work together to better support people and also shared how we’re pioneering new ways of working to improve lymphoedema care at our hospice.
Everyone’s goals and priorities are different, so it’s important to discuss these with the person you’re supporting to understand what would make a big difference in their life, or what they are working towards, so you can focus on managing or alleviating symptoms to make these things possible. Fiona Sanderson, Macmillan Lymphoedema Specialist at St Ann's
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