Lympoedema and Oncology Service
Launching early 2019
WE are proud to be able to offer a lymphoedema and oncology physiotherapy service from 2019.
Lymphoedema is a common occurrence in patients following surgery and other treatments (chemotherapy or radiation) for some cancers, including breast cancer, where lymphoedema can occur in the arm as a result of damage to lymph nodes in the axilla (arm pit).
We aim to provide a range of individual services to help prevent, manage and improve physical function in patients with lymphoedema or those undergoing cancer treatment.
Pre-operative assessment and education for prevention
Comprehensive assessment and education post-op
Treatment of arm swelling
Treatment of breast swelling
Skin care of an affected limb
Compression prescription, including made-to-measure compression garments
Lymphoedema monitoring and management
Exercises for managing lymphoedema
Education and guidance on how to care for the affected area and advice on skincare, travelling, exercise, lifting, risk factors and the monitoring of symptoms.
In addition can offer treatment of other post-treatment side effects including:
Management of Cording or ‘axillary web syndrome’
Management of musculoskeletal pain
Scar tissue management
Guidance and prescription of general exercise
If you would like further information about our lymphoedema service please contact us via the form below:
To read more about the role of exercise in the management of cancer and cancer symptoms follow this link to the Clinical Oncology Society of Australia.