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 health education on lymphoedema 
for patients & practitioners 
We empower you to learn about lymphoedema 
What is lymphoedema? 
Lymphoedema (also spelled as lymphedema) impacts millions worldwide. It is a condition involving long-term tissue swelling occurring when the lymphatic system fails to work properly. The most common causes are cancer treatments, obesity, venous problems, filariasis (worms) and being born with a problem impacting the development of the lymphatic system.

What is the impact of lymphoedema? 
Poor management of lymphoedema can have detrimental effects on a person’s physical and psychological wellbeing. Pain and discomfort are frequent symptoms. 

Is lymphoedema a problem?
In Australia lymphoedema is recognised as a public health burden. Cellulitis, a side effect of lymphoedema, can result in severe skin infections requiring hospitalisation and antibiotic therapy.  In 2015-16 Australian public hospital admissions "for cellulitis cost just under $125 million" with cellulitis being identified as a potentially preventable reason for admission if better education and care was provided.[1] Early and effective treatment is therefore important. 
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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![2] 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.
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I have breast cancer
Learn the risk factors that can cause breast cancer-related lymphoedema. Available 1st October 2020.
I have lymphoedema
Learn about the management of primary and secondary lymphoedema. Available 1st October 2020.
I am a practitioner
Learn about the management of primary and secondary lymphoedema. Available 1st November 2020.
We exist to do good
The Flinders Foundation does wonderful things for cancer patients! Professor Piller, from Flinders University, kindly supported this project. A small donation from every course goes towards the Flinders Foundation to further their wonderful work.  You can also make a donation to the Flinders Foundation by visiting their website. 
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