Lymphoedema is swelling caused by accumulation of fluid in the body’s tissues, with associated skin and tissue changes. It's a chronic condition that can occur in any part of the body. It can cause tightness and/or heaviness but it's unlikely to be directly responsible for pain.
While lymphoedema cannot be cured, patients can be taught how to effectively control and manage their condition, enabling them to lead an active life.
Our clinic is practitioner-led, where lymphoedema specialists from different fields - including nurses and physiotherapists – work together.
We see patients who develop lymphoedema secondary to cancer or cancer treatment and have had all or part of their treatment for cancer within Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust. Patients who did not have cancer treatment within this Trust but live within Lambeth, Southwark or Lewisham and are registered with a GP in these boroughs, can also be seen by this service.
We provide advice, information and education for patients, carers and other health care professionals on lymphoedema treatment and management.
Patients who develop oedema or lymphoedema resulting from causes other than cancer will need to be seen by other healthcare professionals/services (for example the vascular team at St Thomas' Hospital) for assessment and management.