What is lymphoedema?
Lymphoedema (also spelled lymphedema and pronounced lym – pho – dee – mah) occurs when the lymphatic system fails to adequately move fluid through the human body.
Lymphoedema is an inflammatory condition characterised by the accumulation of tissue fluid, fibrosis, and fat. Some people are born with lymphoedema (primary lymphoedema), while others are at risk for developing the condition following injuries, cancer treatments, or vein issues (secondary lymphoedema).
The good news is that breast cancer-related lymphoedema may be reversible if detected early, and if you are already experiencing symptoms of other types of lymphoedema, this condition is manageable with the proper education, treatment, and care.