Lymphoedema is a long term condition that causes swelling in the body's tissue, causing pain and preventing people from carrying out everyday activities.
This is a nurse-led service where lymphoedema nurse specialists work with other members of the multidisciplinary team, patients and carers, to provide optimum care and treatment for adult patients who develop lymphoedema secondary to cancer/treatment for cancer. We see patients who have had all or part of their treatment for cancer within Guy's and St Thomas'.
Our nurses also provide advice, information and education for patients, carers and health care professionals. As lymphoedema is a chronic condition, the aim from the outset is to help individuals work towards achieving self-management of their condition. Where this is not possible, programmes of care are adapted and modified according to the individual's changing needs.
Read the lymphoedema treatment rationale (PDF 26Kb).
Oedema, or lymphoedema, resulting from causes other than cancer are seen by the vascular team at St Thomas'.