How can lymphoedema be treated?
Currently there is no cure for lymphoedema, however, early treatment can be effective. Routine care for established lymphoedema involves education, skin care, manual lymphatic drainage, compression bandages, garments and exercise.
How important is education?
Education is an evidence-based treatment for lymphoedema.
Early intervention for breast cancer-related lymphoedema, if treated before visible signs of swelling occur (known as Stage 0), has been shown to stop lymphoedema from progressing! This is why leading organisations recommend that all cancer patients are educated about the risk factors that can lead to lymphoedema developing.[3,4]
We present the expertise of Professor Neil Piller (Professor of Lymphology from Flinders University), Andrea Mangion (Physiotherapist and Honorary Lecturer at Macquarie University) and patients living with lymphoedema in an easy to use online course. Our name, HELP, represents our mission of helping person's with cancer and lymphoedema access the best possible care that they need.