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Specific Cancers:

Lymphoedema

Lymphoedema node diagram

Contact Us

Kerry Sant, Advanced Nurse Practitioner

Lymphoedema Clinic
North Wing, Zone A12
Oncology Department
RUH

Tel: 01225 821501
Fax: 01225 824459

Email: kerrysant@nhs.net

Referrals

Lymphoedema clinic referral form

Early referral to the clinic will give the best chance of maximum improvement and control of the condition as cure is not possible.

Referrals are accepted for out-patients with secondary cancer-related Lymphoedema and children with Lymphoedema by letter or using the attached referral form on the documentation pages. Inpatient referrals may be telephoned.

There is no clinical service for adult patients with primary and non cancer-related secondary Lymphoedema. However telephone advice and staff education can be provided by the RUH service. Please contact the Clinic for more information.

Guidelines for managing lymphoedema related cellulitis

Guidelines for the management of oedema in advancing disease

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Treatment

patients arm being bandaged

Lymphoedema is a progressive condition with no known cure, but the Lymphoedema Clinic can help reduce and control the swelling and provide psychological support to patients.

Management is based on skin care, exercise, compression, and lymphatic drainage (a specialist form of message).

An intensive course of daily multilayer bandaging and/or manual lymphatic drainage may be required if the limb is misshapen or fibrosis or lymphorrhoea are present.

Patients with Lymphoedema are at risk of developing cellulitis. This requires prompt treatment with at least a two week course of antibiotics (please refer to documentation for the current guidelines).

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