Lymphoedema is a swelling that can affect any part of the body, but mainly the arms or legs. It is a common side effect of cancer and its treatment, and until now Lymphoedema treatment has not been easily accessible In Northern Warwickshire. This dedicated service at the Mary Ann Evans Hospice aims to provide both physical treatment & psychological support to help patients to maintain their quality of life.
Kay Hill, Lymphoedema Nurse Specialist explains, “Although Lymphoedema cannot be cured, it can be controlled using a combination of treatments”.
The condition can be controlled with using the treatments below:
- Compression therapy, using either hosiery or bandages
- Manual lymphatic drainage, a specialist massage
- Exercise advice
- Advice on skin care
The service aims to enable patients to independently manage this life-long condition.
The Lymphoedema Support Group meets on a monthly basis in the evening and it is led by members of the team. The Support Group offers mutual support, involves guest speakers and provides social events.
The service also provides a Healthy Steps Programme which is a fun therapeutic movement and exercise programme which is held at the Hospice twice a week.
The Lymphoedema Team
“My treatment is invaluable; I am treated as an individual with care, kindness and compassion. I also have a good giggle which brightens any visit”